Since 2001, the International Center of Photography’s Teen Academy program has supported thousands of New York City youth in using cameras as tools to tell their own stories and shine a light on social justice issues.

For this installation of Projected, current students in ICP’s Teen Academy Imagemakers program curated a selection of images surrounding their self-selected theme of “surviving,” showcasing work made by fellow teen photographers. Through a series of workshops, students worked together to identify the theme, create an open call, and select work for this installment.

A national group of teen artists responded to their open call and showed what survival means to them and how they survive every day. The images selected for this series force us to face our individual and collective definitions of survival.

This youth-led series is intended to create an opportunity for young people to develop their skills as visual storytellers while creating a platform for their peers.

Student Curators

Sebastian Barreto, August Davidson-Onsgard, Mia Sanfilippo Lewis, Jai Mohammed

Featured Artists

Seren Becker, Angelo Capacyachi, Jade Colby, Nina Davis, Amelia Dinallo, Quinn Fishburne, Benjamin Gale-Platt, Kelee Hall, Henry Katchuba, Eve Kreshtool, Alyssa Lansang, Lydia Lee, Jhanique Lovejoy, Anju Lukose-Scott, Natalie Williams

How to View

During the day, the installment can be viewed on monitors inside the ICP Museum and during evening hours, images are literally “projected” onto the windows of the ICP Museum; they can be viewed from the sidewalk outside the Museum and are most visible after sunset. Learn more about Projected.


Image: © Eve Kreshtool