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Join us for the launch of ICP Chair of Documentary Practice and Visual Journalism, Karen Marshall’s new publication, Between Girls published by Kehrer Verlag. Marshall will discuss the decades long project with photographer, educator and cultural producer Lesly Deschler Canossi and the event will conclude with a book signing. 

About the Book

In 1985, Karen Marshall began photographing a group of teenagers in New York City. Her intent was to look at the emotional bonding that happens between girls at age 16 and document the emblematic relationships that often develop at this time in their lives. Ten months later, Molly, one of the girls in the group, was hit by a car and killed. Marshall resolved to keep the project going and continued to document the girls in various ways over the years. Between Girls evolved into a thirty-year meditation on friendship.

Karen Marshall documents social issues. She is the recipient of grants and support from private foundations. Her photographs have been exhibited internationally and are part of several collections. She is the Chair of the Documentary Practice and Visual Journalism program at The International Center of Photography in New York City.

Reserve your signed copy of Between Girls ($50, Kehrer Verlag) at ICP's shop.

Interested in learning more from photographer and educator Karen Marshall? Registration is now open for their ICP course, People and Place: The Documentary Portrait meeting weekly from October 7 through December 16, 2021. Learn more about ICP’s courses and workshops.

About the Program Format

This program will take place in the Library at the International Center of Photography, located at 79 Essex, New York, NY 10002. All program attendees must show proof of vaccination and wear a mask throughout their visit.

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Event Price

This program is free with a suggested donation of $5.

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Speaker Bio

Lesly Deschler Canossi is a photographer, photography educator, and cultural producer. She holds an MFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art, where she focused on the museological object's role in constructing culture. She is a faculty member at the International Center of Photography and has taught at Columbia University, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the Lamar Dodd School of Art in Cortona, Italy.  In 2016, she and Zoraida Lopez-Diago co-created Women Picturing Revolution (WPR), an organization dedicated to women photographers who have documented conflicts, crises, and revolutions in private realms and public spaces. In 2020 WPR presented for Fast Forward: Women in Photography at the Tate Modern on their forthcoming volume Another Way of Knowing: Representations of Black Motherhood in Contemporary Photography, Leuven University Press, distributed by Cornell University Press in North America, Fall 2022. Her ongoing personal photographic project Domestic Negotiations (2012 - present) explores autonomy, partnership, and the role of the mother as artist. She currently works as an independent cultural producer, lecturing, leading seminars, and curating panels for educational institutions, nonprofit organizations, and corporate clients. 

Karen Marshall is a documentary photographer whose work examines the psychological lives of her subjects within the social landscape. Her photographs have appeared in numerous publications including The New York Times Magazine, the London Sunday Times, The Atlantic, New York Magazine, NPR Picture Show, GUP Mag- azine, and PDN.  Marshall is the recipient of artist fellowships and sponsorships through the New York Foundation for the Arts, as well as grants and support from private foundations. Her photographs have been widely exhibited internationally and are part of several collections, including the Feminist Artbase at the Brooklyn Museum.

Karen Marshall is Chair of the Documentary Practice and Visual Journalism program at the International Center of Photography in New York City.