ICP at the High School of Fashion Industries is back for 2019-2020! Day 1 with Photo II

Jaime Schlesinger:

It is exciting to begin our Community Partnership with HSFI. Our teaching team is thrilled to kick off the 20th year of ICP’s partnership with HSFI!! We had a really fun partner portrait shoot at the Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology on our first day of class!

Heyma Singh

My first day of Photo Club was very exciting. I could tell from the very moment I walked in that this would be a great experience. Everyone was very inviting and friendly and shared my interest in photography. I was partnered up with someone I already knew so I definitely was comfortable, but I know in the future I will have the opportunity to work with so many other people who are all different and amazing in their own way! I was very excited to go to FIT’s exhibit and photograph some amazing pieces. I know this is only the beginning of many more amazing photographic opportunities and experiences that will help me grow as a person, artist and really allow me develop my skills as a photographer.


Something interesting about the experience of shooting partner portraits was getting to try a new camera. Although the cameras do the same thing the mechanics and how you do something can change drastically camera to camera

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We can’t wait to see what our talented students produce this year!!

Photos by Richard Burrowes

ICP at the High School of Fashion Industries is back for 2019-2020 and it’s our 20th anniversary!

Happy Anniversary to ICP and HSFI!

Here is a summary of our first class. Here are a few things we covered: definition and value of photography, types of photography and photographers, how cameras work. We covered apertures, shutter speed, ISO, film, how the meter works and how this all works together to help produce an image. The class had a visual presentation of about thirty images of Curtis’ work and talked about composition, texture and tones.

We watched two videos on Gordon Parks and Ralph Ellison. These videos showed how they worked as a team ( Photographer and Writer ) to help illustrate a story about Harlem in the late 1940s.

Hopefully this will inspire them when it comes time to tell stories about their communities.



Guests artists week at ICP at THE POINT: Thursday Teen class with Wesley Ham and the teaching team!

Instructor M. Wesley Ham, and Teaching Assistants Roy Baizan,  Oluwatobi Aremu, and Kevin Nestor surprised the Thursday Teen Photo II class with selections from their own deeply personal bodies of work. 

Ham’s personal work deals with the ideas surrounding family and legacy. Currently based in Brooklyn, his photographs are heavily influenced by his experiences growing up in Louisiana.

Aremu, born in London to Nigerian parents and raised in Atlanta. A student in the New Media Narratives Program at the International Center of Photography, his video artwork “Negotiations” beautifully speaks to the theme of black masculinity and social power dynamics. 

Baizan is a Chicanx documentary photographer and arts educator from the Bronx whose work focuses on music, community, and family. A graduate of the Visual Journalism and Documentary Practice Program at the International Center of Photography, his journey started in the ICP at THE POINT classroom. 

Like Baizan, Nestor is also an alum of the ICP at THE POINT photography program. His work to date is a response to then-presidential candidate Donald Trump’s derogatory comments about the Mexican people. Nestor’s photographs primarily centers around positive depictions of his own family in the Bronx and Mexico in order to dispell racist stereotypes. 

After the presentations, there was a vulnerable moment with one of the teens during the student’s group critique.  “I’m crying because I’m so inspired by everyone else’s story.” 


Guests artists week at ICP at THE POINT: Tuesday Preteen class with Mark Nevers and Guest Artist Willie Dynamite

William “Mr. Willie Dynamite” Fratacci was born and raised in the Bronx, NY. He picked up a film camera at the age of thirteen and has been an avid street photographer ever since. His work spans decades, including photographs of the birth of hip-hop, community events, and everyday people. Fratacci transforms his images into original t-shirt designs out of an art studio space in the South Bronx.


Photos by Alma Torres

Guests artists week at ICP at THE POINT: Wednesday Teen class with Chantal Heijnen and Guest Artist Monica Flores

Students in the Wednesday teen class had an exciting opportunity to work with local Bronx artist Monica Flores. Monica is the co-founder of a grassroots community collective known as “Hydro Punk”, where they organize cultural community events and educational workshops in the Bronx.

Students learned what a cyanotype is and how to make their  own. They had a great time in the darkroom learning how to coat the paper with the cyanotype liquid to make the paper light sensitive, and then creating their print from a digital negative.

Photos by Luca Brunetti

You can learn more about Monica and Hydro Punk here https://punkfromthebronx.com/


Guests artists week at ICP at THE POINT: Monday Preteens with G Giraldo and Guest Artist Roy Baizan

The Monday preteen class had a guest visit from Roy Baizan, a Bronx-based artist of Mexican descent. The students learned a little bit about Roy and where his family is from and and also the organizing of the Bronx punk scene, including Hydro Punk a youth lead group.

Photosof Roy working with youth by G. Giraldo

You can learn more about and see more of Roy’s work here:

Roy Baizan


Urban Indian: Native New York Now Field Trip

Guilermo “G” took his Monday Preteen class to the museum of the city of new york to see the Exhibition  Urban Indian: Native New York Now, located in East Harlem.


There is a flourishing Native presence in New York City, as Indigenous American people are shaping the city’s cultural and political institutions, and collectively reclaiming heritage and urban space.

The students enjoyed looking at the photos and being able to interact with them as well, though they may have even been more excited for the Tacos after the trip. 

Our Wednesday Teen class with ICP faculty, Chantal, was excited to be able to be up close and personal with the original prints from the artist. They seem to be inspired by the work they saw and set out to create their own portraits!

RESPECT. A field trip to Casita Maria

This semester the Tuesday Preteen class along with their ICP faculty, Mark, and Thursday Teen Photo II class lead by ICP faculty ,Wesley, visited the RESPECT exhibition at Casita Maria Gallery, located in the Longwood section of the South Bronx. Inspired by Aretha Franklin’s 1967 rendition of the song “Respect”, this collection of artwork by New York City-based artists Timothy Okamura, Jessica Spence, and Nichole Washington, celebrates black womanhood and beauty.

Photos of the Tuesday Preteen class at Casita Maria, by Alma Torres



“Each artist celebrates Black womanhood in a signature style. Okamura’s work features a unique method of painting – one that combines an essentially ‘realist’ approach to the figure with collage, spray paint and mixed media. He will include both new work created specifically for Casita Maria and giclee prints from his Begin Transmission and Urban Portraits series. The new work is based on photographs taken in spring 2019 of four Casita Maria after school youth program participants. Gallery attendees are invited to “tag” the canvas with their name or a positive statement to contribute to the exhibition. 

Jessica Spence’s acrylic paintings depict topics related to her life, specifically black womanhood, and societal beauty ideals. Her current body of work focuses on the beauty and versatility of Black hair. 

Nichole Washington uses photography and paint to construct works that are bold and imaginative. Her art is an exploration of feminine strength, identity and spirituality. In her most recent works Washington creates unique symbols that are used as a secret form of communication. Washington’s strong use of design, layered with her symbols and expressive brush strokes create a multidimensional space that allows room for nuance. She hopes to persuade viewers to look beyond the surface and to have a transformational experience with the work.”

Photos of Thursday Teen Class students at Casita Maria, by Oluwatobi Arem

On their way, Tuesday’s class also went exploring on a photowalk through Simpson Street. 

Tuesday Preteen Photowalk: Photo by Alma Torres

Kicking off another semester of ICP at THE POINT!


ICP at THE POINT is a year-round collaboration with THE POINT Community Development Corporation in the South Bronx, providing a photography-based program for preteens and teens that includes a classroom/studio, black-and-white darkroom facility, and gallery.

We are excited to kick off Fall programming and share a bit of day 1 with you!

Monday Photo I Preteen Black and White class exploring Barretto Point Park on the waterfront in Hunts Point.19F_ICPatTHEPOINT_MonPhoto1_week1_Phoebe BoatwrightPhoto: Pheobe Boatwright, Teaching Assistant

The theme of our Monday & Tuesday Preteen classes is Community. This semester they will set out, cameras in hand, to explore and ask themselves what does community mean, what makes up a community and how are they a part of their community? They will also be challenged to think critically about the role of photography in impacting their communities.

 -“Why is this so Fun” Janay Holmes, student

It looks like they’re off to a good start enjoying this new storytelling tool

Tuesday Photo I Preteen Black and White class catching the sunset on Lafayette Street.  Mark Nevers - TuesdayPhoto: Mark Nevers, Faculty


Wednesday Photo I Teen Black and White class starting strong with their partner portraits!            19F_ICPatTHEPOINT_WedPhoto1_week1_Chantal HeijnenPhoto: Chantal Heijnen, Faculty

“I like photography because a photograph is able to capture a person’s whole being” William Barkley, student

The theme of the Wednesday Photo I Teen class is Portraiture this semester and judging from the above photo, there are about to be some striking and creative images coming from these photographers!

The Thursday Photo II teens are looking ready to get into gear and learn The Urban Landscape. When one thinks landscape, they likely imagine trees and hills and horizon lines. So what does it mean to photograph the urban landscape?

They’ll let us know over the next 10 weeks!

Photos: Roy Baizan, Teaching Assistant

Field Trip to Open Society Foundation’s Moving Walls 25: Another Way Home

The Photo I class at ICP High School of Fashion Industries took a field trip to the Open Society Foundation’s Moving Walls 25: Another Way Home exhibition, where they received a guided tour from curator Yukiko Yamagata.

Moving Walls is an annual exhibition made by the Open Society Documentary Photography Project of photographers and artists whose work deals with social justice and human rights.

This year, Another Way Home brings together a variety of projects addressing the topic of migration, refugee and immigrant experiences through the lens of community, identity, and resilience. HSFI students Dana Morales DeBrecourt and Viangelly Peña shared their reflections on the experience.

I realized how important photography actually is, how someone can express a significant moment to show emotion, make a connection with the viewer and to capture a moment in history, in their life, and within their culture. This trip has really opened my eyes and has made me want to look a little more in depth at the life and struggle of immigrants because it is important to acknowledge others have a different story. I feel inspired to not only focus on my life but to focus on others in the world and the moments in time that are significant and dig a little deeper when it comes to photographing the world and people around me.


Visiting the “Another Way Home” exhibit at The Open Society Foundation has further opened my eyes on the true struggles of migration. The people showcased in the exhibit have been through so many hardships in order to gain a better life filled with better opportunities. This experience has inspired me as photographer because it has made me look at things through a bigger perspective. Before this trip I was feeling uninspired. Now, before I take a picture I stop to look at my surroundings so that I am able to capture a story behind the image.