Kicking off the ICP Talks winter/spring season is Washington DC–based photojournalist and professor Cheriss May. Covering politics and movements with portraiture at the soul of her work, May is lauded for her inclusive storytelling approach to both editorial assignments and personal projects.

Join us for an evening with May, as she discusses her work documenting democracy and social unrest during a turbulent year in the US, and learn more about inclusive storytelling through her photographs and projects in a conversation with ICP’s Managing Director of Programs David Campany.

Ticketing Info

General Admission

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Educator Rate (Field Trips)

  • $6 Per Student for Individual Lecture (30% off)
  • $23 Per Student for Season Pass (35% off)

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About the Series

ICP Talks is ICP’s beloved photographer’s lecture series. Join us each season for lectures featuring renowned photographers who champion social change through photography, use innovative practices that expand the form, and critically engage with the role of images in visual culture today. The winter/spring season takes place from February through May and includes Cheriss May, Smita Sharma, and Mari Katayama. Reserve your season pass today to attend all four lectures!

Note: We strive to record all the ICP Talks lectures to make available to participants up to 14 days after the program, but technical issues do happen. Recordings are not guaranteed for each lecture. We recommend participants to tune in live if there is a session they don’t want to miss.

Field Trips for High Schools, Colleges, and University Students

Plan your field trip now! Educator’s receive a 30% discount on individual lectures ($6 per student per individual lecture) and a 35% discount on season passes ($23 per student for all four lectures) when booking for a class or student group. Email to book your virtual class field trip.

About the Program Format

This program will take place on Zoom. Those who register to attend will receive a confirmation email with a link located at the bottom of the email under ‘Important Information’ to join the lecture through a computer or mobile device.

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Speaker Bios

Cheriss May is a lauded portrait and editorial photographer based in Washington, D.C. She is a member of the board of directors for Focus on the Story, the immediate past president of Women Photojournalists of Washington (WPOW), co-chair of photography at the National Press Club, an Adobe Education Leader, and an adjunct professor at Howard University, her alma mater. She is often commissioned to speak about inclusive storytelling, and trains and speaks to organizations, and educators around the world, including Spotify, Adobe, Leica Camera, the Merck Group, and the Center for Creative Photography.

May has been published in O Magazine, the White House Historical Association, the New York Times, Bloomberg, Time, ABC News, the Today Show, MSNBC, and other international publications. She has a solo exhibition at Black Rock Center for the Arts in Maryland, of photographs exploring the intersection of race, politics, and protest, in the wake of the national reckoning on racial injustice. Her work is featured in a permanent exhibit: MFON's In Conversation: Visual Meditations on Black Masculinity at the African American Museum in Philadelphia, displayed in an exhibit: Come Together, Right Now: The Art of Gathering at the Chrysler Museum of Art, in Norfolk, Va., and she has images highlighted in a BET social justice campaign, Content for Change.

David Campany 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).

Image: Cheriss May