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assert control over the situation while still letting things happen naturally.” But her newfound freedom was only getting started. Again, during her third term, Kunz was given an assignment in Everard Williams’ “Portrait Lighting” course to shoot a sports portrait by overpowering daylight. She took advantage of the situation to call a childhood friend of hers who she knew was directing “White Collar Brawler,” a documentary Web series about two childhood friends who leave their uninspiring office jobs to train to become amateur boxers. Her friend set up a shooting opportunity for her between the fighter’s training sessions, and as a “thank you,” Kunz left him with a few images for publicity purposes. After shooting the series’ stars outdoors using powerful strobes, she took a few more shots of them in the gym. Kunz didn’t think anything major would come of the pictures—she thought perhaps the show would use them on its Facebook page—which is why she was floored when her director friend showed her an article on The New York Times website that featured her photo. “Then he said, ‘Don’t forget to pick up the print edition today.’ What? Are you kidding me? So I ran out and bought six copies,” Kunz said, who couldn’t believe that the paper ran the picture across an entire page of its ‘Arts & Leisure’ section. “As a journalist, I always hoped to one day get a story published in that paper. That was the ultimate goal. But never in a million years did I imagine I’d get into the Times through my photography.”

13/ “It’s very much a documentary photo, but it’s also staged,” says Kunz of Kenneth, a photograph she describes as a professional turning point.

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14/ Kunz shot this photograph, Freckles, for the “Alias” assignment in Mark Takeuchi’s “Capture” class.

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