Today we were honored to have Michael LeBrecht as our guest artist. A former Sports Illustrated Staff Photographer, Lebrecht now has his own sports photography company where he helps leading sports superstars with their branding imagery. He spoke of his early beginnings as a sport photographer at age 11 when he went to NY Knicks’ games, sneaking to the lower levels for shots of the players. However, when he returned home to edit the images, and realized that he wasn’t getting what he saw in sports magazines. He decided to sneak down and get pointers from the professional photographers. This became a platform for Lebrecht, mixing his personal love for sports and professional love of photography. He later became an assistant for photographers at Sports Illustrated. When not on assignment he would do projects that were significant to him and shared them with his coworkers at Sports Illustrated. Doing work that meant the most to him won him a spot as a staff photographer at Sports Illustrated.
Sharing his story with the students was superb. It was a tale of never giving up even when your not getting what you originally set out to accomplish. He reminded the students to keep pushing themselves and their ability, and not to be afraid to ask questions. He spent time sitting with each student, sharing his insight and wisdom on how to further develop their projects.
Our trip to the ICP Museum gave way to an exploration. When looking at the work of Elliott Erwitt’s Pittsburgh 1950 or Henri Cartier-Bresson: The Decisive Moment, for even a second, one realizes that the is a magical object–capable of transcending boundaries of time and space. Our tour guide, Kevin, asked thought-provoking questions that encouraged students to dive deeper into the context of the images (social, historical, personal etc.), and go beyond the immediately visible. We used this context to understand not only when the photo was taken, but also whether or not the photographer was successful in connecting with his subjects to create an accurate portrayal. With our class’ focus this year being The Portrait, it is important that we see an array of different approaches to portraiture such as MULTIPLY, IDENTIFY, HER. Students left that exhibition excited and eager to jump back into their own projects. We talked about all that we had just experienced for the next hour and thirty minutes while heading home.
This week we had the pleasure of welcoming Guest Artist Lynn Cazabon into our preteen classroom for an amazing workshop combining botany and photography! Through an introduction to the wild and abundant plants thriving in the local environment of THE POINT, we explored the neighborhood to collect a variety of different species and to discuss the role these plants play in the local ecosystem.
The plants were then used to create images through a variety of darkroom-based techniques including photogram, cliché verre, and selective development. We learned a great deal about plants growing between the cracks in the concrete of our neighborhood (some are edible, some have medicinal properties!), while also managing to make some beautiful prints (not to mention a big mess)!
Lynn Cazabon is a Professor of Art at University of Maryland Baltimore County where she teaches a wide range of photography classes. Her work has been exhibited internationally and was recently included in the exhibition and book Emanations: the Art of the Cameraless Photograph by photographic historian Geoffrey Batchen. She is currently a South Bronx Resiliency Lab Artist-in-Residence at THE POINT.
The ICP at THE POINT preteens recently visited the Bronx Documentary Center (BDC), where they had the opportunity to view and discuss the exhibition Flint is a place by Zackary Canepari. Students learned about Canepari’s eight year project on Flint Michigan, focusing specifically on the story of a female boxer there. They also learned about the installation design of the exhibition.
The class also had the chance to meet Jesus Emmanuel, a member of the Bronx Photo League, on his way back from a day of shooting in the neighborhood with his large format camera. They got to go into the backyard with him and experience the 4×5 camera. He demonstrated, giving students the chance to maneuver the camera and the light meter and exposed a couple of images.
Activity shots, credit: Sophie Vasquez & Sara Munoz Ledo Rodriguez, ICP at THE POINT Teaching Assistants
Laurel Golio, a Brooklyn-based visual anthropologist and photographer, spoke with our preteens this winter. She is a working commercial photographer and the co-founder of WE ARE THE YOUTH, a photojournalism project that shares stories of LGBTQ+ youth in the United States.
Laurel led a class discussion on representation and story telling, asking the students who they believed could tell someone’s story best. After a productive discussion about how to approach stories with representation in mind, the students had a chance to share their work with Laurel and get feedback on their projects.
For the Winter 2018 semester our pre-teen class focused on constructing a narrative and how to control and think about the story they want to tell. Through photographing people, places, and things that students see in their homes, neighborhoods, and schools, they begin to tell a story of who they are through their images.
Many of the students focused on their classmates and the use of photography to mark time. For our final presentation the students displayed their projects for their family and friends.
Congratulations to our Pre-Teens on an amazing 10 weeks, you had amazing work and we can’t wait to see you all soon!
Last night was the High School of Fashion Industries final presentation for the winter term. Students got to have a small class presentation leading up to their showcase in mid April. The students had an amazing presentation with great work.
During this class students were able to pick a personal vision project and photograph any topic they wanted. The students work ranged from portraiture to architecture and street photography. Everyone started creating their own style of work and it really showed in the final set of images.
Congratulations Photo II you had an amazing 15 weeks! We cannot wait to see the final show!