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
What Is Your Story? was the theme for this winter’s teen class on Thursdays. Through this theme we asked our young artists to begin thinking about really inspires them, what upsets them, what strikes them, and what holds their interest. This was a true test finding out what makes them individuals in this technology-driven era.
When we go out to shoot, we ask the students to pause and make sure their apertures/f-stops are set correctly for this moment they’re capturing, which helps ensure that they’ll get a good negative.
Faculty member Mark Nevers says, “I wanted them to take that time and understand the power in the image…the understanding of making your mark in time.”
The students take all they have learned in this photography class thus far along with the wonderful, informative instructors and their creative peers. Add a bit of patience to the mix and lots of great work will come out of this class!
Photo Credits: Roy Baizan, ICP at THE POINT Teaching Assistant and Mark Nevers, ICP at THE POINT Faculty