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.


Guest Artist Visit with Miguel Anaya

This term we were elated to have as our guest artist Miguel Anaya. He shared with the students his personal journey growing up Mexican American in a border town in Texas and how he used dance as a way to express himself, get out, and see the world. We also viewed several bodies of work about dance, family, and a personal project which we had the honor of being the first eyes to view. Miguel is a artist in his own right and as a practicing photographer and dancer, he’s been able to marry the two. Through multiple series of powerful images he has captured the strength, beauty and vulnerability of the human body.  

Mr. Anaya is a not only an alumni of ICP but also ICP at The Point. He spoke of what it meant to be a new student sitting in the exact seats they were in and the importance of community based organizations like The Point that help to nurture the artist within and put you amongst peers who share in the idea of investing in a passion. After giving his presentation Miguel hung around to give invaluable feedback on students’ work.



Guest Artist Visit: Michael Lebrecht

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.


Visit to the ICP Museum

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.