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    © Jacqueline Paredes
  • © Sarah Hull
    © Sarah Hull
  • © Blaine Davis
    © Blaine Davis
  • Steven Sachs
    © Steven Sachs
  • 2010 Teen Academy Imagemakers at the ICP Library
    © Deirdre Donohue
  • Mock job assignment with guest Andre Lambertson
    Mock job assignment with guest Andre Lambertson
    © Angelica Marshall
  • Teen Academy Internship Exhibition Opening © Lavonne Hall
    Teen Academy Internship Exhibition Opening
    © Lavonne Hall

ICP's Teen Academy program offers a range of opportunities for teenagers to develop their knowledge of photography. In-class sessions range from ten-week classes to a yearlong intensive program focusing on professional applications.

"What being a photographer means to me is being lucky enough to have the understanding of a medium which allows me to create. What I learned is within me, a little inner revolution. I learned things about myself, about the world, about the people I know, about people I don't know, about the most familiar and unfamiliar places. I most importantly learned that with dedication and perseverance, I, and anyone, can do anything."

—Yasemin, Imagemakers

Spring 2015

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Photography I in Black-and-White: Camera and Darkroom

April 11–June 20 | Saturdays | 11 am–2 pm | $700 + $55 fee | Bami Adedoyin
April 11–June 20 | Saturdays | 3–6 pm | $700 + $55 fee |Keisha Scarville
April 16–June 18 | Thursdays | 4–6:30 pm + Field Trip TBA | $700 + $55 fee | Blake Ogden
Teenagers of all levels are invited to study the craft of black-and-white photography. Beginner students learn to make exposures with a 35mm camera, process film, and create prints in ICP's darkrooms. Advanced students strengthen their darkroom skills, explore different photographic papers and chemistry, and experiment with toners. Through field trips and shooting assignments, students expand their understanding of the technical, aesthetic, and conceptual possibilities of photography.

Photography I in Color: Color Film and Darkroom*

April 12–June 21 | Sundays | 2–5 pm | $700 + $55 fee | Doran Asher Walot
Teenagers of all levels are invited to explore color film and darkroom photography. Beginner students learn to make exposures with a 35mm camera and create prints in ICP's color darkroom. More advanced students refine their printing skills and are able to work with speed and consistency on ICP’s computerized Kreonite print processor. Through various shooting assignments, all students develop their understanding of the technical, aesthetic, and conceptual possibilities of color film photography.

Photography II in Color: Focusing on Technique**

April 11–June 20 | Saturdays | 2–5 pm | $700 + $55 fee | Lesly Deschler-Canossi
Teenagers of all levels are invited to explore color film and darkroom photography. Beginner students learn to make exposures with a 35mm camera and create prints in ICP’s color darkroom. More advanced students refine their printing skills and are able to work with speed and consistency on ICP’s computerized Kreonite print processor. Through various shooting assignments, all students develop their understanding of the technical, aesthetic, and conceptual possibilities of color film photography.

Photography II in Black-and-White: Picturing Solutions*

April 12–June 21 | Sundays | 11 am–2 pm | $700 + $55 fee | Bayeté Ross Smith
Amidst such a charged social climate of injustice in our country, which continues to spark a significant youth response in protests from Ferguson to New York City, how can images be a part of the solution? In the tradition of ICP's founder, Cornell Capa, who coined the term "concerned photography," how has this goal evolved for documentary photographers today? What are the teen voices and stories in that conversation? Students will study how photography is used as a vehicle for social change, and then create their own photo essay exploring a social issue that is most important to them. In addition to creating black-and-white prints, students will learn best practices for sharing their stories via social media and technology – expressing their concerns and working toward solutions!

Photography II in Black-and-White: Focusing on Technique*

April 12–June 21 | Sundays | 3–6 pm | $700 + $55 fee | Tamara Porras
Teenagers of all levels are invited to study the craft of black-and-white photography. Beginner students learn to make exposures with a 35mm camera, process film, and create prints in ICP’s darkrooms. Advanced students strengthen their darkroom skills, explore different photographic papers and chemistry, and experiment with toners. Through field trips and shooting assignments, students expand their understanding of the technical, aesthetic, and conceptual possibilities of photography.

Winter 2015

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Photography I in Black-and-White: Camera and Darkroom

January 24–March 28 | Saturday | 11am2pm | $700 + $85 feeBlake Ogden
January 24–March 28 | Saturday | 3–6 pm | $700 + $85 fee | Brenna McLaughlin
January 29–April 2 | Thursday | 4–6:30 pm + Field Trip TBA | $700 + $85 fee | Chantal Heijnen
Teenagers are invited to learn the basics of black-and-white photography. Students make exposures with a 35mm camera, process film, and create prints in ICP's darkrooms. During field trips and shooting assignments, students expand their understanding of the technical and aesthetic possibilities of photography. Classes also include discussions on the work of historical and contemporary photographers, as well as darkroom time, visual presentations, photographic and writing assignments, critiques, a guest artist visit, and a field trip. By the end of the course, students will have developed a portfolio of prints and an artist's statement. The course culminates in a final presentation for family and friends.

Photography I in Color: Color Film and Darkroom*

January 24–March 28 | Saturday2–5 pm | $700 + $55 fee | Lesly Deschler-Canossi
January 25–March 29 | Sunday2–5 pm | $700 + $55 fee | Sarah Warshaw
Explore color film and darkroom photography. Students learn to make exposures with a 35mm camera and create color prints in ICP's darkrooms. Using negatives, students refine their printing skills and are able to work with speed and consistency on ICP’s computerized Kreonite print processor. Classes include discussions on historical and contemporary photographers working in color. Through assignments, students expand their understanding of the technical and aesthetic possibilities of color film photography. The curriculum includes: darkroom time, visual presentations, photographic and writing assignments, discussions, critiques, a guest artist visit, and a field trip. By the end of the course, students will have developed a portfolio of prints and an artist's statement. The course culminates in a final presentation for family and friends. This introductory color printing course is designed for students who have previous experience with black-and-white darkroom techniques.

Photography II in Black-and-White: Lighting for Portraiture*

January 25–March 29 | Sunday11 am–2 pm | $700 + $55 feeBayeté Ross Smith
In this course designed for more advanced teen photographers, students use portraiture as an entry point for understanding the technical and aesthetic components of lighting. This course provides an in-depth exploration of metering and exposure while students study natural and artificial lighting techniques for the black-and-white portrait. Through technical exercises, students learn the tools needed to control and manipulate light in order to achieve both practical and artistic effects. Students photograph themselves, each other, family members, and strangers—spontaneously in the neighborhood, staged at home, and more formally in the studio. The curriculum includes: darkroom time, visual presentations, photographic and writing assignments, discussions, critiques, a guest artist visit, and a field trip. By the end of the course, students will have developed a portfolio of prints and an artist’s statement. The course will culminate in a final presentation for family and friends.

Photography II in Black-and-White: Exploring Self-Portraiture*

January 25–March 29 | Sunday | 3–6 pm | $700 + $55 feeJaime Schlesinger
Ever since photography was invented, self-portraiture has been widely explored. Whether documenting one's life experience, creating a performance for the camera, or using oneself as a model to articulate larger social concerns, self-portraiture can be both the most accessible and most challenging subject for a photographer. In this class, students will explore their own ideas, messages, and stories, and determine how to express them through images. Through photographic and writing assignments, students will discover the varied ways in which the photographer can approach and interpret this genre. The curriculum includes: darkroom time, visual presentations, photographic and writing assignments, discussions, critiques, a guest artist visit, and a field trip. By the end of the course, students will have developed a portfolio of prints and an artist’s statement. The course will culminate in a final presentation for family and friends.

*Prerequisite: Photo I in Black-and-White as approved by Community Programs staff.
**Prerequisite: Photo I in Color as approved by Community Programs staff.

Teen Academy Scholarships are available for all courses. If you are in need of financial assistance, download a scholarship application.

 

Teen Foto Fridays

Teen Foto Fridays invites high school students from across ICP Community Programs to participate in free open labs, technical workshops, and college portfolio preparation. The schedule for Teen Foto Fridays is available at the start of each Teen Academy semester.

 

Teen Academy Imagemakers is made possible with generous support from the Surdna Foundation, Altman Foundation, William Randolph Hearst Foundation, Keith Haring Foundation, The Norman and Heewon Cerk Gift Fund, The Chervenak-Nunnalle Foundation, The Houston Family Foundation, Susan and Thomas Dunn, Stuart Z. Katz and Jane Martin, Joseph Alexander Foundation, Robert Lehman Foundation, Select Equity Group Foundation, Milton and Sally Avery Arts Foundation, and by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.

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