Join David Campany, ICP’s managing director of programs, for three lectures on curating photography exhibitions in the next session of our ICP Talks: Lessons and Insights in Photography series. Over three one-hour lectures, Campany will present a history of key moments in the photo exhibition history, explore the impact of scale and materiality when displaying photographs, and discusses ICP's most recent show, #ICPConcerned: Global Images for Global Crisis, a crowd-sourced exhibition of 1,000 photographs from ICP’s worldwide community call to capture, upload, and tag images of experience in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Black Lives Matters protests, and beyond.

Tickets are $35 for general audience and $30 for ICP members. Tickets include access to all three lectures and must be purchased by the start time of the first lecture in the series.

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Key Moments in the History of Photo Exhibitions
Wednesday, September 9, 1–2 PM EST

Piecing together a history of photographic exhibitions—a canon of key shows—has begun to happen only recently. And as with any history, as soon as it is defined, it is challenged and expanded. In this lecture, Campany discusses a number of past exhibitions, from the past three centuries, asking why and how they have become touchstones for thinking about photography today.

Scale and Materiality
Thursday, September 10, 1–2 PM EST

A painter typically does not paint their painting and then decide how big it will be. But photography is a medium of capture followed by output. This means many different things can be done with images once taken. Arguably, photography has no integral relation to scale or materiality, and this is what has led to the profusion of ways it is presented in exhibitions. In this lecture, Campany considers the complex question of photographic scale. If an image can be printed almost any size on any material, what are the artistic decisions that photographers take in the making and presentation of their work?

#ICPConcerned in Context
Friday, September 11, 1-2 PM EST

In March 2020, #ICPConcerned was launched as an invitation to ICP’s worldwide community to capture, upload, and tag images of experience during this tumultuous period. The hashtag is still live and over 32,000 images have been uploaded in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, as expressions of the Black Lives Matter movement in resistance to systemic racism and police brutality, and more. A wide range of staff from ICP is selecting 1,000 of these images to form an exhibition at our Essex Street location, in New York. Although a real show, initially it can only be seen online, until ICP reopens. In this lecture, Campany places #ICPConcerned: Global Images for Global Crisis in the long and complex history of expansive survey shows and “crowd-sourced” exhibitions.

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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About the Series

ICP Talks: Lessons and Insights in Photography is a new online education program series presented by the International Center of Photography. Each three-part session invites leading photographers and educators to present work and ideas that excite and instruct on navigating all facets of the photographic community. Through lectures, conversations, and workshops, ICP Talks allows ICP's worldwide following to learn together, stay connected, and get inspired.


David Campany is ICP’s managing director of programs, and a writer, editor, and curator.