Join the International Center of Photography in celebrating the Lower East Side History Month, whether you’re based in our neighborhood or joining us from afar.

On site, visit our lobby where we will show clips from Film Club (1968); a look back at a group of Puerto Rican teenagers at a storefront film workshop on New York's Lower East Side and From Spike to Spindles (1976); capturing the Chinatown uprisings against police brutality and hostile real estate developers in the 70’s, enjoy buy one, get one museum admission on adult-priced tickets, and stop by our  in-shop display of books all about LES. Online sign up for a pay-what-you-wish Continuing Education class to get some tips on your iPhone photography skills. On your own time, complete a Lower East Side Local Business Photo Scavenger Hunt, created by photographer, community activist, and Lower East Side native Destiny Mata. Tag your photos from these events and more with #ICPinLES and #LESmonth—we may repost your image!

Let’s celebrate and honor the wonderful, vibrant community that is the Lower East Side. For more events taking place throughout the month, visit The People’s LES.

Buy One, Get One Museum Admission

Buy One, Get One Free: use coupon code BOGOFREE. Valid on adult-priced tickets only.

Good though May 28. Visit  Select 2 Adult Tickets and complete the  Visitor Agreement Form.

On the “Complete your order” page located under the credit card information, click the + under Coupon Code and enter BOGOFREE and once you click Apply, the discount will be applied to your order.

ICP Shop Lower East Side Photobook Display

Visit ICP’s shop and browse books made by artists from or working in the Lower East Side.

Film Screening in ICP’s Lobby

Learn some LES history when you enter the museum through clips from Film Club (1968) and From Spike to Spindles screening in our lobby at 79 Essex Street. 

Film Club (1968)

Filmmakers Cooperative

The growing excitement of a group of Puerto Rican teenagers at a storefront film workshop (Young Filmmakers) on New York's Lower East Side, creating their own films and showing them in the streets to young people throughout New York City. The interesting relationship between these filmmakers, their supporting social service institutions and personnel and the television media; plus details of the production of the first Puerto Rican Western, he Revenge. Jaime Barrios U.S.A., 1968, 12 min

From Spikes to Spindles

Third World Newsreel

This raw, gutsy portrait of New York's Chinatown captures the early days of an emerging consciousness in the community. We see a Chinatown rarely depicted, a vibrant community whose young and old join forces to protest police brutality and hostile real estate developers. With bold strokes, it paints an overview of the community and its history, from the early laborers driving spikes into the transcontinental railroad to the garment workers of today. Christine Choy, 1976, 46 min

Continuing Education Course: iPhone Photography

LES in Focus: iPhone Photography and Scavenger Hunt (Online)
Saturday, May 8, 12–2 PM 

Join instructor Clint Weldon and guest artist Destiny Mata for a special LES History Month iPhone Photography online course!

As the popular saying goes, "The best camera in the world is the one that's with you." In this hands-on workshop students learn how to elevate their photos from casual snapshots to frame-worthy personal images using only an iPhone. Topics include: highlighting your subject, framing and composition, using light and shadow to create mood and depth, as well as photo editing apps.

After learning iPhone tips and tricks, students will be prompted to use the LES Local Business Photo Scavenger Hunt, created by Destiny Mata, to explore this vibrant and diverse neighborhood.  Not located in New York City?  You can still join the class and learn iPhone photography skills and explore your own community and neighborhood.  

Prerequisite: Open to All Skill Levels: Students ranging from beginner to experienced will be successful in classes. Courses are subject to minimum enrollment. Please register within five days of the start-date to ensure you receive all course-related materials in time to prepare for class.

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Throughout the month, tag your images from #ICPinLES and #LESmonth. Keep an eye out on ICP’s social media channels—we may repost your image!


Image: Destiny Mata