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!