HSFI Student Guest Blog

We are reintroducing our HSFI student blog posts! Below is the first post from our Photo II in  Black-and-White class by students Lauryn Desarden & Sebastian Aguliar.

This is a photo by Bruce Gilden, a photographer well known for his candid photos. He just goes up to random people on the street and takes pictures of them. The best thing about his photo is the fact that the subjects aren’t prepared for it. This shows their true nature although in this photograph he pointed the flash from a worm’s eye view to make the person look aggressive or evil. Doing this helps give the viewer a sense of who the random people really are. Bruce Gilden is in the center of all debates that surround the topic, of whether it is allowed to take pictures of people without their permission. The answer is always “yes” it is allowed, as long as the subject is in a public place. Bruce Gilden, although controversial, is a very respected and talented photographer who likes to capture pictures of everyone when they least expect it.


BDC Fall Field Trips


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 ‘80sWe 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



Roy Baizan’s Guest Artist Visit

In early November, our Monday preteen students had the opportunity to hear from Roy Baizan, alumnus from ICP at THE POINT and the Bronx Documentary Center Junior Photo League. Roy is a Chicano Bronx-based photographer currently in ICP’s One-Year Certificate Program in Documentary Practice and Visual Journalism. Roy started at ICP at THE POINT as a teen and soon began working with us as a Teaching Assistant and as staff in ICP’s Community Programs.


Roy speaks to the preteen students about his work.


Roy and Ife, ICP Faculty, viewing and discussing some of Roy’s first prints.

For his Guest Artist visit, Roy brought prints from his first black-and-white class at THE POINT to look at with the students while discussing their own work. He then showed some of his recent work from a trip to visit his family for the first time in Mexico.

Roy discussed his approach to photographing family members, and knowing when to be present in a situation versus when to document it. The students participated in a group discussion about their impressions of the images and documentary photography.

Images, credit: Corey Torpie, Teaching Assistant

Magnum Manifesto

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.

Guest Artist Visit: Frank Fournier

This summer, our class had the pleasure of welcoming one of Contact Press’ photographers, Frank Fournier, as our Guest Artist. Frank shared his first experience as a photographer living in a new place and the stories he wanted to tell. We viewed Drop Dead, which is Frank’s first body of work about his time in New York City. It was wonderful for the students to see his work and start to understand the process of building a story. During the slideshow, they discussed making time to photograph, finding a story, and understanding the importance of a story. After the presentation of work, Frank took time to view the students’ work and give feedback on their personal projects. 

Field Trip: Central Park

This spring semester at ICP at THE POINT, the Tuesday preteen class visited Central Park in Manhattan.

The theme of this term’s class is Natural World. The students have been learning different manual settings in their cameras. They exposed images combining the aperture and shutter speed. Through their photography, they have shown interest in capturing moments of urban nature in the city.

At Central Park, the students explored different areas, looking for scenes related to that Natural World: plants, flowers, animals, trees, clouds. We discussed terms of nature and ecology in relation with the parks in the city.

Mt. Sinai Final Presentation

On June 1, 2017, we celebrated our 14th year’s final presentation with our Community Partnership with Mt. Sinai Adolescent Health Center.  Each student shared their photo narrative with our invited guests.  Current students, staff, alumni and members of our community were so proud and honored to see the remarkable journeys each of our students made this semester.  We are filled with such pride for our remarkable students.

Student gallery of images – Photograph by Robert Johnson

Student gallery of images – Photograph by Richard Burrowes

Photograph by Robert Johnson

ICP Faculty members Jaime Schlesinger and Adam Melaney, alongside Director of Community Programs Lacy Austin, introduce guests to the final presentation, Shifting Consciousness. Photograph by Robert Johnson

Richard presents his work -Photograph by Robert Johnson

Michael presents his work – Photograph by Richard Burrowes

Shalon presents her work. Photograph by Robert Johnson

Ven presents his self portrait – Photograph by Robert Johnson

Photograph by Richard Burrowes

Candice presents her work – Photograph by Robert Johnson

Students respond to questions from the audience after the presentation. Photograph by Robert Johnson

Photograph by Robert Johnson

Current students, staff and alumni of our Community Partnership with Mt. Sinai Adolescent Health Center – Photograph by Richard Burrowes