In 2020, ICP’s exhibition, #ICPConcerned: Global Images for Global Crisis, became a diary for a world-wide pandemic capturing 263 days recorded by 820 photographers curated from over 60,000 submissions. The show was on view in New York at ICP from October 1, 2020 through December 31, 2020, while many restrictions, especially pertaining to travel remained in place. Including a foreward by Mark Lubell and an introduction by David Campany, ICP’s new book, #ICPConcerned: Global Images for a Global Crisis, offers a definitive powerful visual history of global upheaval and day-to-day life during the pandemic.
Join us online for the book release of #ICPConcerned: Global Images for a Global Crisis published by G Editions. During this online celebration, ICP’s Managing Director of Programs, David Campany, will be joined by Sara Ickow, senior manager, exhibitions and collections and guests to discuss the evolution of the global project, from originating as a hashtag, to becoming an epic exhibition staged in the middle of a pandemic, and culminating in this new book that will forever capture what we endured in 2020.
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About the Book
A diary for a world-wide pandemic, #ICPConcerned: Global Images for Global Crisis (October 19, 2021) captures 263 days in 2020 recorded by 820 photographers curated from over 60,000 submissions. Based on the photography exhibition at the International Center of Photography Museum (ICP) that became a digital phenomenon in lockdown, the book offers a definitive powerful visual history of global upheaval and day-to-day life during the pandemic.
On March 13, 2020, when the global coronavirus pandemic brought life to an abrupt halt, the International Center of Photography was forced to close its doors, just weeks after opening a brand-new building on Manhattan’s Lower East Side that was buzzing with visitors. Wanting to do more than virtual exhibitions, ICP announced the #ICPConcerned open call on March 20, an invitation for people to make, upload, and tag images on Instagram of whatever was going on in their lives, wherever they were. What resulted was more than 60,000 submissions from 70 countries including France, Singapore, Argentina, Nigeria, Canada, and Iran. Given the overwhelming response and guided by the organization’s founding principle to be a home for socially- and politically-minded transformative visual art, the staff quickly set about not only curating a digital exhibition, but also printing and mounting images for an “un-visible” show in the galleries that no one—at least in the foreseeable future—could visit. Luckily, ICP committed to keep the growing exhibition installation for the museum’s reopening on October 1, 2020.
David Campany (@davidcampany) is a curator, writer, and managing director of programs at the International Center of Photography, New York. His books include On Photographs (2020), A Handful of Dust (2015), Art and Photography (2003), Jeff Wall: Picture for Women (2011), Walker Evans: the Magazine Work (2014), and The Open Road: Photography and the American Road Trip (2014).
Sara Ickow is the senior manager, exhibitions and collections at the International Center of Photography and manages Exhibition & Special Projects for Women Photograph. Previously, she worked as a Curatorial Assistant and Collections Manager with the Smithsonian's National Portrait Gallery. She holds an MA in art history from NYU's Institute of Fine Arts.