Mt. Sinai Studio Shoot

Last week we had our studio shoot creating portraits of our partners achieving their evolutionary goals.  The experience was truly magical.

Danny having his portrait taken.  Photograph by Robert Johnson

Jose photographing Ven.  Photograph by Nan Sukaram

Photograph by Robert Johnson

Shalon preparing for her portrait with her daughter, Camille. Photograph by Robert Johnson

Chris sitting while ICP Teaching Assistant Robert reflects the light for his portrait.  Photograph by Nan Sukaram

Chris photographing Jonathan.  Photograph by Nan Sukaram

ICP Faculty Jaime Schlesinger helping Jonathan.  Photograph by Nan Sukaram

Akela posing for his portrait. Photograph by Nan Sukaram

Candice photographing Richard.  Photograph by Robert Johnson

Richard photographing Candice.  Photograph by Robert Johnson

ICP Teaching Assistant Richard metering the light for Chris’s portrait.  Photograph by Robert Johnson

Photograph by Richard Burrowes


Guest Artist Nayland Blake

Our guest artist Nayland Blake came to our class to share his work with us. We spoke about the power of art as an activist tool and how artists express their life experiences through their work. Our students then shared photographs from their projects with Nayland.  It was an enriching and beautiful experience for everyone.

Nayland introduces himself to the class.
Photograph by Robert Johnson

Nayland shares his work.
Photograph by Robert Johnson

Photograph by Robert Johnson

Photograph by Robert Johnson

Photograph by Robert Johnson

Photography by Richard Burrowes

HSFI Final Exhibition

Our Community Partnership with the High School of Fashion Industries wrapped up earlier this spring with a big celebration of our students’ hard work! Selected students from both the Photo I and Photo II classes spoke about their experiences with photography, and everyone enjoyed viewing the work installed in the the HSFI Principal’s Gallery.


All photo credits: Ruby Tull

Thursday ICP at THE POINT Teens


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.

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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.

point 4Faculty 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.”point 5point 6point 7point 8

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!

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Photo Credits: Roy Baizan, ICP at THE POINT Teaching Assistant and Mark Nevers, ICP at THE POINT Faculty

HSFI Guest Artist Visit with Laurel Golio

This year our classes at HSFI had the pleasure of welcoming photographer Laurel Golio as a Guest Artist in both our Photo I and Photo II classes. Laurel shared her experience as a young photographer started out, and how she continues to balance personal and professional work in her life. We looked closely at her project with collaborator Diana Scholl called We Are the Youth, which is an ongoing photojournalism project that shares the stories of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer youth in the United States. After Laurel presented her own work, she took time to view the students’ work and give feedback on their personal projects.


Below are responses from some of our students and images from the visit:

I found Laurel’s visit very informative and inspirational because she took stories from her life and put them into her presentation to show us what inspires her to make her work.” – Taliyah



“I liked Laurel’s presentation because it was different and not cliché. I appreciated her activism and project, We Are the Youth.” -Lauryn


During our critique, Laurel shared Sasha Arutyunova’s work with me. I was able to use her photography as inspiration for my Personal Vision project about the different perspectives of photographing dance.” -Kyara


Laurel was very honest, open and invited us into her mind. She shared her process of balancing commercial and personal work and the realities of being a photographer. I appreciate how open she was about talking about her sexual orientation and life experiences.” -Andzelika


It was really great she came to our class. I liked how she took pictures of people and told their stories.  I like how she said it was okay to make mistakes and was honest about who she is and who she takes photographs of.” -Remy


All photo credits: Richard Burrowes, ICP Teaching Assistant

POINT Students visit the Studio Museum in Harlem

This winter semester at ICP at THE POINT, the Tuesday preteen class visited the Studio Museum in Harlem.

The theme of this term’s class is Roots. The students have been learning manual camera functions such as aperture, shutter speed, and proper exposure, as well as how to print in a black-and-white film darkroom. Through their photography, they have shown interest in documenting people, places, and things of significant meaning, which are rooted within their lives.

The students participated in a group discussion featuring the museum’s current exhibitions Circa 1970, Black Cowboy, and Excerpt. Discussion topics included significant changes in the history of representation, redefining stereotypes and subcultures through race, the meaning and power of language, and the invention of new mythologies in contemporary culture.

Photo Credits: Tania Yenidjeian, ICP at THE POINT Faculty