Top Image: Nancy Borowick 

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“We are scared of death and I think that is in large part because we hide it away, out of sight and avoid it until we have to face it.” – Nancy Borowick

Three ICP School alumni will present work made by turning their cameras towards the stories closest to them, a means to understanding and processing emotional passages in their lives. In “Cancer Family,” World Press winner Nancy Borowick documented her parents battle with cancer, their love story, and their subsequent deaths. In “Hesitating Beauty,” Joshua Lutz presents a monograph on his relationship to his mother’s mental illness, and a childhood built on fiction and fact. In “Left Behind,” Kerry Payne Stailey explores firsthand the complicated grief facing those who lose somebody they love to suicide, and in “The Children (I Never Had),” Payne Stailey pays tribute to women battling infertility and the lost dream of motherhood.  


  • Nancy Borowick — Cancer Family; Cancer Family Ongoing
  • Joshua Lutz — Hesitating Beauty  
  • Kerry Payne — Left Behind; The Children (I Never Had) 

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Nancy Borowick (b. 1985) is a humanitarian photographer currently based in New York City. She is a graduate of the Documentary Photography and Photojournalism program at the International Center of Photography and holds a degree in Anthropology from Union College. Over the last 10 years Nancy narrowed the focus of her work, telling stories of illness and personal relationships, using compassion, humility, and trust as tools to connect with and explore the lives of her subjects. Nancy’s most recent focus has been her parents’ battles with cancer.

She is a regular contributor to the New York TimesNewsday, and Corbis and has also been featured in the International Herald Tribune, the New York Times Lens Blog, CNN, National Geographic PROOF, Time MagazinePhoto District News, the Washington PostStern Magazine, and Newsweek Japan.

She was recently awarded 2nd place in the World Press Photo competition in the Long Term Projects category. She also won the Arnold Newman Prize in New Directions in Photographic Portraiture and the Eddie Adams Workshop Award in Innovation in Visual Storytelling. In 2015 Borowick earned an Honorable Mention in the NPPA Best of Photojournalism competition in the Contemporary Issues Story category. In 2014, Borowick was named one the Best of ASMP featured photographers as well as one of Lens Culture’s Top 50 Emerging Talents. Her Cancer Family, Ongoing project was presented at the Visa Pour l’Image in Perpignan, France in 2014 and the following year, 2015, was exhibited at the festival. Her work has also been exhibited at the Look 3 Photography Festival in the USA, the Obscura Photo Festival in Malaysia, the Angkor Photography Festival in Cambodia, the Guatephoto Festival in Guatemala, the Oberstdorfer Fotogipfel Photofestival in Germany, and the International Photo Festival Leiden in Holland. In 2016, Nancy presented at the Norrlandsdagarna Photo Festival in Sweden and the work will also be exhibited at the Lumix Festival for Young Photojournalism in Germany.

Joshua Lutz is an artist and educator working primarily in Photography and text. His monographs include Meadowlands (2008, Powerhouse) and Hesitating Beauty (2013, Schilt).  Lutz’s books have been named Best Art Books by Time Magazine, Photo District News, PhotoEye among others. Awards and Fellowships include The Aaron Siskind Fellowship, American Photography, Hudson Year Fellowship, Tierney Fellowship, Communication Arts, PDN 30. Solo shows include Clamp Art (New York), Koch Gallery (San Francisco), Blue Sky Lutz (Portland) Robert Morat (Hamburg), Robert Morat (Berlin). He has served on the faculty for The MFA Program at Bard College, The International Center of Photography, Pratt Institute and is currently Assistant Professor of Photography at SUNY Purchase. His newest book, Mind the Gap (2017) addresses the space between thinking something is one thing only to eventually understand it to be something altogether quite different.

Kerry Payne Stailey is an Australian photographer based in New York City. She is drawn to the healing power of photography. For her, intimate visual storytelling is a means to sharing the powerful alchemy that is ‘hurting, to healing, to helping.’  

Kerry has studied photography, documentary filmmaking and writing at the International Center of Photography, School of Visual Arts and New York University.  In 2015 she was awarded the Lucie Foundation award for ‘Moving Images Photographer of the Year’.  Her photography has been published widely and exhibited internationally.  She is a featured artist at Sydney’s Head On Photo Festival in 2016 for her most recent project “Instant Love / We Are All We Need”. 

Kerry has participated in photography related panel discussions with Aperture and the New School in NYC, and at Newhouse School of Public Communications, Syracuse University.  Her nonprofit clients include The United Nations Foundation, where she is a Senior Fellow of #instacorp, and the American Foundation For Suicide Prevention. She is a partner in the initiative 1in20, providing a platform for people living with mental illness, and their caregivers, to share their experiences through the art of visual storytelling.

Kerry is also co-founder of Principa, a consulting network delivering business development technology, marketing strategy and profit boosting tools to small and mid-sized businesses worldwide.  In this capacity she has consulted to a number of the worlds leading photographers, agencies and collectives on social media marketing, strategy and positioning.

She now serves as the Coordinator of Alumni Engagement for the International Center of Photography in NYC.

TOP IMAGE: © Nancy Borowick