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.
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
Joseph Rodriguez speaking to our teens at the BDC. Credit: Cristián Cáceres, ICP Teaching Assistant
All of our ICP at THE POINT students visited the Bronx Documentary Center (BDC) this fall to see photographer Joseph Rodriguez’s Spanish Harlem: El Barrio in the ‘80s. We were lucky enough to have Joe there for each visit to speak with the students about his images and the exhibition. He spoke with them about how he got started on this project, what it was like as a teenager growing up in Brooklyn, and how photography became an outlet for him. We were lucky enough to be joined by the BDC’s own preteen/teen students for each visit too!
Joe discusses his work with our teen students. Credit: Cristián Cáceres
Preteens viewing Spanish Harlem: El Barrio in the ’80s. Credit: Kylie West, ICP Teaching Assistant
Credit: Kylie West
Preteen students learning to use the projector at the BDC to view more of Joe’s images. Credit: Kylie West
The theme for the summer was “What’s My Story.” We went to the ICP Museum to see the Magnum Manifesto show. It was great for the students to see both old and new work on a much larger scale and the importance of visual storytelling. The show taught the students what a photo collective is and how different photographs can collaborate and tell stories that are typically unseen. They learned how the collective helped advance earlier photographers work and ownership over work for publications.
As young budding photographers, it was helpful for them to hear and see what hoops past photographers had to jump through to suceed and to the time, hard work, and skills they needed to become great photographer. One of the students was so moved by the show she set a life’s goal to be the first woman from The Bronx to be a Magnum Photographer. She says it doesn’t matter how long it takes to come true.
Our ICP at THE POINT Monday preteen class recently had some fun nature-inspired opportunities outside of the classroom. First our students walked around Hunts Point, collecting specimens for an Anna Atkins-inspired photogram project. It was amazing to see the vastly different plants and flowers that were available just around this urban landscape.
Our class also had the chance to visit the Central Park Conservancy, a jewel in the city, often overlooked. The students devoured the landscape and close up details with their cameras, including the beautiful late-spring tulips. The first images of our outing are beginning to emerge and the images are striking and full of detail.
All photo credits: ICP Teaching Assistants Julianna D’Into, Lauren Marsh, and Corey Torpie
This semester the ICP at THE POINT Thursday teen class took a field trip to shoot in Central Park’s Conservatory Garden and the northern portion of the park. This class is themed My City My Voice, in which students are prompted to make images that observe the physical environments that surround them and ultimately allow them to explore personal ideas as they relate to growing up in the city.
Students were asked to observe what they felt drawn to shoot on the trip— to take note if they found themselves leaning toward street photography, landscapes, portraits and/or abstracted images. This trip acted as a companion to the week’s homework shooting assignment, which asked them to use their cameras to intentionally explore a specific environment of their choice.
All photo credits: Ifetayo Abdus-Salam, ICP Faculty
We began our Community Partnership with Mt. Sinai Adolescent Health Center with a partner portrait assignment.
Danny and Candice photographing.
Shalon and Camille