About Betsy Davison

Co-Founder of Space for Arts. Founder of The Candaras Davison Center for Inclusion at Springfield College. Entrepreneur, innovator, executive, avid cyclist and community advocate.

Covid-19 Risk Assessment & Useful Camera Analogy

We spoke with Dr. David Davenport, a specialist in infectious disease and clinical associate professor at the Western Michigan University School of Medicine on Aug 11, 2020 about coronavirus and the impact on our industry.  Back in April we chatted with Dr. Davenport about the new work environment we were going to be facing in photo and video production.

Now that we are facing that work environment and getting back on set, he updated us on what we’ve learned about COVID-19 since we last spoke and what new best practices we can implement.  You can listen to the Zoom call in its entirety here.  You can also watch short clips from our call answering many of your questions on our YouTube channel.

We wanted to draw your attention to Dr. Davenport’s useful “camera analogy” for […]

By |2020-09-01T18:46:00+00:00September 1st, 2020|Covid-19|0 Comments

Safety Protocols for “Socially Distanced” Photo/Video Productions

As we begin to re-engage in non-essential work, including film and photo shoots, over the next 12-18 months (before there is rapid testing or a vaccine available), we will need to take special precautions to ensure the safety of our crews, as well as taking into account greater public health concerns.

There is no 100% safe way to begin production with more than one person present, but there is a wide spectrum of riskier vs. safer productions, and well-organized productions that follow medically advised safety protocols will be safer than those that aren’t.

Let’s be careful as a community and look out for groups that are trying to rush back to work without the proper safety protocols, and let’s arm ourselves with the best information available to be able to assess the risk of individual shoots, and display situational awareness on set to protect ourselves, and our colleagues. If you […]

By |2020-09-01T18:49:44+00:00April 29th, 2020|Covid-19|3 Comments

How Sketching Creates Great Photography

Leading up to our event with The Society of Publication Designers with Art Streiber and Michele Romero we were able to get some time with Michele to talk process. As the senior photo editor at Entertainment Weekly she is often charged with creating iconic cover images in short time frames. At Space for Arts we know that finding the perfect photo studio in New York or location in Los Angeles is just one part of the process.

Sketching and reference have been essential tools for Michele, sparking collaboration and creative thinking at a weekly magazine —particularly in creating covers. Below she shares sketches and reference images for shoots with some of the most popular entertainment franchises out today including, The Walking Dead, Mr. Roboto, Stranger Things and Guardians of the Galaxy.

Sketching Photography: The Walking Dead 100th Episode EW Cover Sketches and Reference

By |2019-03-04T02:56:53+00:00October 25th, 2017|News|0 Comments

Art Streiber for Entertainment Weekly, Walking Dead Cover and Portraits

Norman Reedus and Andrew Lincoln decimate a red velvet cake, defile a confetti gun for Art Streiber’s “Walking Dead” triple-cover shoot for Entertainment Weekly.

If you are like us, you have been anxiously awaiting the return of The Walking Dead. When we had a chance to put together a talk with Art Streiber and EW’s Michele Romero discussing their work together (including this Walking Dead cover shoot) we lurched forward and screamed ‘Brains!’ I mean ‘Yes!’

Next Thursday 10.26 we are going deep into zombie land and beyond exploring Ideas, Process, and Collaboration with these two creative photo powerhouses. RSVP here on the Society of Publication Designers site.

Thanks to Stockland Martel for the images.

Walking Dead Photo Art Streiber

Photo by Art Streiber for Entertainment Weekly.

Photo by Art […]

By |2017-10-20T15:27:03+00:00October 20th, 2017|Uncategorized|1 Comment

10 Great NYC Studios for Shooting Video

Finding a great and affordable studio to shoot video in New York can be a challenge. At Space For Arts we have a wide selection of unique photo studios and locations, below are 10 of our best NYC studios for video (don’t miss our popular listing of 12 photo studios under $650 a day). We have included both clean white studios and spaces that border on locations with lots of character and natural environments.

Here are 5 clean white studios perfect for video:

This spectacular Chelsea studio has high ceilings, huge windows, a skylight, a cyclorama, plenty of power, and state of the art EQ rental in house. It also has a removable wall for two medium size studios.


By |2019-03-04T02:59:00+00:00September 12th, 2017|Photo Studios, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Pop-Up Event with Photographer Noah Fecks and Food Stylist Victoria Granof, Space For Arts x Society of Publication Designers

For our second Pop-up collaboration, Space for Arts joined with The Society of Publication Designers at one of our favorite shooting kitchens. Photographer Noah Fecks and Food Stylist Victoria Granof spoke about their new personal collaboration Toast Water.

About Toast Water:

“Toast Water is a culinary art book created by photographer Noah Fecks and renowned food stylist and author Victoria Granof. Together they illustrated vintage recipes from Noah’s Nana as a bound volume of inspiring photographs and original text. The size, binding and cover of the book is inspired by children’s holy books and was printed at a press that specializes in the manufacturing of Torahs.”

It was a boisterous night discussing the sometimes beautiful sometimes hysterical Toast Water.




By |2017-06-22T16:41:50+00:00June 22nd, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Favorite Photographer Quotes

Sometimes we need so inspiration to keep focused. We gathered a few of our favorite photographer quotes from four of our idols to keep us thinking and shooting.

Make sure to visit Space for Arts we are adding new photo studios in New York and Los Angeles weekly.

photographer quotes

“I like to  photograph anyone before they know 
what their best angles are.” –Ellen Von Unwerth

photographer quotes

“A photograph is a secret about a secret. 
The more it 
tells you the less you know.” –Diane Arbus

“Your first 10,000 photographs are your worst.” –Henri Cartier-Bresson

“The more pictures you see, the better you are as a photographer.” –Robert Mapplethorpe

By |2019-03-04T03:03:05+00:00May 9th, 2017|Hyperfocus|0 Comments

Langdon Clay ‘Cars’ New York City, 1974 ‐ 1976

We’re fascinated by this new book from Langdon Clay. Cars were an indispensable aspect of twentieth‐century culture, both for their utility and aesthetics. From 1974 to 1976, Langdon Clay photographed the cars he encountered while wandering the streets of New York City and nearby Hoboken, New Jersey at night. Shot in Kodachrome with a Leica and deftly lit with then new sodium vapor lights, the pictures feature a distinct array of makes and models set against the gritty details of their surrounding urban and architectural environments, and occasionally the ghostly presence of people.

Langdon Clay was born in New York City in 1949. He grew up in New Jersey and Vermont and attended school in New Hampshire and Boston. Clay moved to New York in 1971 and spent the next sixteen years photographing there, around the country and in Europe for various magazines and books. In 1987 he […]

By |2019-03-04T03:06:03+00:00April 21st, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

6 Excellent Los Angeles Photo Studios

In the months after we launched we focused on NYC photo studios, but it’s been exciting over the last weeks to begin adding studios and locations in our second city, Los Angeles. Studios in L.A. are often much more affordable and because space isn’t such a premium we have discovered really unique large studios. At Space For Arts we have a wide selection of unique photo studios and locations. Below we have gathered 6 of our best Los Angeles studios, choose from spaces for $300 to $3,000 a day.

1. 7,000 sq ft Downtown L.A. Stage $750

A beautiful 7,000 sq. ft. photo studio and production facility located on North Broadway in Downtown Los Angeles’ Chinatown. Their 3 stages include natural light, hair / makeup green rooms, and production areas, as well as a private […]

By |2019-03-04T03:09:54+00:00April 18th, 2017|Photo Studios|0 Comments

Pop-Up with Time’s Kira Pollack. Space For Arts x Society of Publication Designers

We held our first Pop-Up event collaboration with the Society of Publication Designers at this wonderful Meatpacking studio. Time Photography Director Kira Pollack shared her inspiration including the cinematic work of photojournalist James Nachtwey.

Below are some shots from the first in what is sure to be an inspiring collaboration.

Special thanks to our host Hyuna!

By |2017-04-11T15:52:28+00:00April 11th, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments