With sadness, trepidation and excitement this is the last ICP PJ blog for the 2015 year. On Friday night we shared a beautiful opening at ICP with hundreds of guests visiting our final Show. Sunday was graduation, and the last two days have been frantic last minute printing and prep for tomorrow’s portfolio reviews.
For this last post, I asked PJ students to submit not the best picture they made this year, but the one that they connected with the most. For some it may be the image that helped them kickstart their project, or an image of a subject with whom they formed a special bond. For others, perhaps, it is a frame that takes them back to a moment when things “clicked” (no pun intended…okay, pun intended), and when it all started coming together.
It has been a most wonderful, challenging and exhilarating year. Thank you to all those around the world who have supported us this year, it has meant the world to us and we could not have done it without you. But most especially thank you to each student who lived this year in New York as a photographer. We did it together, and we shall keep doing it together. After all, there’s no turning back now.
Picture: Natasha Srour
This was my “jump picture”. It was the picture that opened the doors and helped me conceptualise an approach to photographing my project about Tompkinsville, the community in which Eric Garner was killed by police almost a year ago. It was the picture that helped me learn that photographs are about more than what is actually happening. They rise above mere facts, and communicate – for very good reasons – in a way that is difficult to put into words.
Picture: Gareth Smit
A woman waits for the the ferry in the Paulus Hook Station, in Jersey City, on Oct. 3, 2014.
Picture: Beatriz Arango
Picture: Elise Jacob
A Survivor of Many Things
Picture: Sophia Guida
Picture: Mikael Krantz
Picture: Elena Hermosa
I took this image the first day I met Ashley, and somehow I still feel it represents the core feeling of the project. She is allowing herself to be seen, but remains so very guarded, with clenched fists. Just a few weeks before this photo was taken she had come out as openly transgender to her friends and family. Two self portraits of her as a boy is on the wall behind her.
Picture: Moth Dust
Ronnie – The Beauty of Will
Picture: Barbara Gracner
Jack Danielak, born in Lublin, Poland, in Schaller and Weber Meat Market, March, 2015, New York City.
Picture: Miguel Winograd
Poppa and Daddy.
Picture: Esteban Kuriel
Helen, who turned 100 on June 1, is one of the people I connected with most this year, as I worked on my project “Alive and Amazing” about elderly women born before 1930 who live alone in NYC.
Picture: Yolande Daeninck
After working, KoKo and Ken enjoy their moment in KoKo’s balcony, Manhattan, New York. May 13, 2015.
Picture: Shih-Chieh Wei
The family at the ICP full-time show opening that Mansi Bhajanka documented for her project “Dale and Juliette”.
Picture: Mansi Bhajanka
ICP PJ student, Sara Frisby with Mikey Mike, a fishermen she photographed during her project “Montauk: End of the World”.
Picture: Akshay Bhoan
Picture: Alexandra Madden
Picture: David Steinberg
The ICP PJ 2015 Class at graduation on June 21st.
Picture: Jacobia Dahm