ICP announces the second iteration of The Rules are Broken online programming series to be held May 16–19, 2022. In advance of the ICP Photobook Fest, this year’s event focuses on the dynamic field of photobook making and photography’s powerful and material role in defining history. The week celebrates ICP’s community of imagemakers creating social and political change through photography. 

The Rules are Broken is an annual weeklong programming series dedicated to exploring critical issues and their impact on photography and imagemaking.


Monday, May 16

In Real Time, 6 PM ET 

A discussion on how photojournalists and photo editors depict and memorialize social movements and conflict in real time. 
with Lauren Walsh and Danese Kenon

ICP Talks: Nona Faustine, 7 PM ET

The ICP Alum discusses her new publication White Shoes (MACK), a collection of self-portraits taken in locations around New York that were central to the city’s once pivotal – and now largely obscured and unacknowledged – involvement in the slave trade.

Tuesday, May 17

ICP Alumni Talk–New Photobook Releases, 1 PM ET
ICP Alumni share their recent photobook releases.
with Alakananda Nag, Qiana Mestrich, Michael McFadden, moderated by Sarah Stacke

Wednesday, May 18 

Handle with Care: Publishing Photobooks, 1 PM ET
How have photobook makers leaned into materiality in bookmaking? 
with Teun van der Heijden, David Campany, Alec Soth, Sim Chi Yin 

Thursday, May 19 

From the Frontlines to Your Screen, 1 PM ET
Documentary photographers on the frontlines in Ukraine discuss the way images circulate across the globe during the crisis. 
with Natalie Keyssar, Oksana Parafeniuk, moderated by James Estrin 

Friday, May 20

ICP Alumni Mixer, 1 PM ET
A work-share opportunity open to alumni of ICP’s One-Year Certificate Programs. Alumni will receive a separate link to register. 


Please note that schedule and speakers are subject to change.

ICP members receive free access to The Rules are Broken: Memory and Materiality in Photography, in addition to many other exclusive benefits. Become a member today: icp.org/membership.​

Current members will receive an email to register. For questions, contact membership@icp.org.

​​About the Program Format

All programs will take place on Zoom. Those who register to attend will receive a confirmation email with a Zoom link located at the bottom of the email under ‘Important Information.' The Zoom link can be used to join the programs through a computer or mobile device.

We recommend participants download the Zoom app on their device prior to the program. Learn how to download the latest version of Zoom to your computer or mobile device.

If you have questions about the weeklong series or you do not receive a confirmation email after registration, please contact: programs@icp.org.

David Campany is a curator, writer, and curator at large 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 Photography and Cinema (2008).

Sim Chi Yin is an artist from Singapore whose research-based practice includes photography, moving image, archival interventions and text-based performance, and focuses on history, conflict, memory and extraction. She is currently based between New York and Berlin. Recent solo exhibitions include One Day We’ll Understand, Zilberman Gallery Berlin (2021), One Day We’ll Understand, Les Rencontres d’Arles (2021), Most People Were Silent, Institute of Contemporary Arts, Singapore (2018), Fallout, Nobel Peace Museum, Oslo (2017). She has also exhibited at the Guangzhou Image Triennial ( 2021) and the 15th Istanbul Biennial, Turkey (2017). Over the past decade, she has been working on a project coming out of family history, investigating and excavating narratives around the anti-colonial war in Malaya and the end of the British empire. She is making photographic and filmic installations, a performance, as well as three books from that project, working with Dutch designer Teun van der Heijden.  Chi Yin is represented by Zilberman Gallery in Berlin and Hanart TZ Gallery in Hong Kong. She is also completing a visual practice-based PhD at King’s College London.

James Estrin is a staff photographer who also writes frequently for the New York Times. He was hired in 1992 and was part of a Pulitzer Prize winning team in 2001 for "How Race Is Lived in America." He writes extensively about photography and was the co-founder and co-editor of the Times' photography blog 'Lens' from 2009 to 2019.

Nona Faustine is a native New Yorker and award-winning photographer. Her images focus on history, identity, representation. Faustine's work has been exhibited nationally and internationally. Her work is in the collection of the Studio Museum of Harlem, Carnegie Museum, Brooklyn Museum, Boston Museum of Fine Art, Baltimore Museum of Art, among many others. Winner of BRIC Colene Brown Award, NYFA Award in Photography, Anonymous Was A Woman Award, and the Silver Eye Silver List. Faustine’s White Shoes series, published by MACK Books to much acclaim and anticipation, made its debut January 2022. She will debut at the Armory in NYC fall of 2022. 

Danese Kenon is a dynamic visual educator with nearly two decades of photojournalism experience. After receiving her bachelor’s in English from Virginia State University, she attended The Poynter Institute in St. Petersburg, Fla., as a Visual Fellow. She started her career as a photographer at the Democrat and Chronicle in Rochester, NY, then earned a master’s in photography from the SI Newhouse School of Communications at Syracuse University. A Pulliam Fellowship took Kenon to The Indianapolis Star, where she was a photographer, multimedia journalist, and editor. She moved into management as Assistant Managing Editor/Visuals at the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and later as the Deputy Director of Video/Multimedia at the Tampa Bay Times. Kenon is the Managing Editor of Visuals at The Philadelphia Inquirer. She teaches multimedia journalism in The Kalish and Multimedia Immersion video storytelling workshops and to NABJ student journalists.

Natalie Keyssar is a documentary photographer whose work focuses on inequality, youth culture, and the personal effects of political turmoil and conflict. She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in painting and illustration from The Pratt Institute, has taught New Media at the International Center of Photography in New York and has instructed at various workshops across the US and Latin America. Her work has been supported by grants from the Pulitzer Center, the IWMF, and the Magnum Foundation; she was the winner of the 2018 ICP Infinity Emerging Photographer Award, and the 2019 PH Museum Women Photographer's Grant, among many other awards. She is a regular contributor to National Geographic and New York Times among many other publications. She is currently based in Brooklyn, New York. 

Qiana Mestrich is a photography-focused interdisciplinary artist, educator, historian, writer, and mother based in New York. Mestrich is the founder of Dodge & Burn: Decolonizing Photography History (est. 2007), an arts initiative that aims to decolonize the medium by advocating for Black, Indigenous and other photographers of color. Dodge & Burn began as a blog and also functioned as a monthly critique group from 2013–2022. A forthcoming book based on the blog’s past interviews with photographers of color is to be published by Routledge/Taylor & Francis. 

Michael McFadden is an artist and photographer living in Los Angeles.  His artwork explores and celebrates sexual freedom as a form of resistance to multilayered stigma and trauma, both historical and ongoing. It explores the relationship between death and photography, accentuating a longing for what is no longer present. Focusing on the overlap between internalized shame and identity affirmation, he draw from family albums and vintage gay pornography. These vernaculars, inherited from biological and chosen families, are the foundation to his visual iconography. He interweaves photographs, sculpture, text, and video to examine the inner workings and the visceral charges of sexual connection, as they manifest in the context of everyday life. McFadden is a member of the The Queer Critique Group at Baxter Street.

The Queer Critique Group at Baxter Street, created in June 2020, is comprised of artists who identify as queer and create a wide variety of photo-based artworks. The critique group reflects Baxter St’s founding principle to support emerging underrepresented artists and to foster dialogues between peers and professionals around the medium of photography. The group provides artists with an open forum for exchange, with the opportunity to obtain critical feedback on their projects and ongoing support for a community of queer artists to learn, grow, and share resources. 

Alakananda Nag is a photographer, archivist and writer. She lives in Goa, India. Alakananda is a graduate of the International Center of Photography's Documentary Photography and Photojournalism program. She photographs, is an avid researcher, uses archives generously, and writes. She authors, edits, and curates her work herself. Her first photobook, the self-published Armenians of Calcutta, launched in February 2021 at Printed Matter’s Virtual Art Book Fair, and the physical launch outside of India is at ICP’s Photobook Fest 2022. The book has been acquired by the Metropolitan Museum, SFMOMA and Caluste Gulbenkian Foundation, among others. Alakananda​ is an Arts Practice grantee of the India Foundation for the Arts.

Oksana Parafeniuk is an independent photographer based in Kyiv, Ukraine, where she is exploring the manifestations of human resilience and dignity among people facing hardships. She is also keen on exploring creative approaches in documentary photography. In addition to her personal projects, Oksana has worked with and published her work in The Washington PostNew York TimesTIMELe MondeLibérationDer SpiegelNBC News, BuzzFeed News, The Wall Street Journal, Rest of World, U.S. News & World Report, MSF Doctors Without Borders, Save the Children, and others. Oksana was trained at the RISC HEFAT Training in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina in 2018. She is a participant of the Women Photograph Mentorship Program 2017-2018. Oksana holds an MA degree in French/Francophone Civilization, Culture, and Society from Middlebury College where she was awarded the Kathryn Davis Fellowship for Peace. Oksana speaks fluent English, French and Russian, in addition to her native Ukrainian.

Alec Soth (b. 1969) is a photographer born and based in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He has published over twenty-five books including Sleeping by the Mississippi (2004), NIAGARA (2006), Broken Manual (2010), Songbook (2015), I Know How Furiously Your Heart is Beating (2019), and A Pound of Pictures (2022). Soth has had over fifty solo exhibitions including survey shows organized by Jeu de Paume in Paris (2008), the Walker Art Center in Minnesota (2010) and Media Space in London (2015). Soth has been the recipient of numerous fellowships and awards, including the Guggenheim Fellowship (2013). In 2008, Soth created Little Brown Mushroom, a multi-media enterprise focused on visual storytelling. Soth is represented by Sean Kelly in New York, Weinstein Hammons Gallery in Minneapolis, Fraenkel Gallery in San Francisco, Loock Galerie in Berlin, and is a member of Magnum Photos.

Sarah Stacke is a photojournalist and archive investigator based in Brooklyn, New York. Through long-term projects created in dialogue with communities, she seeks to share stories that bring a solutions-focused balance to the narratives of underrepresented people and places. She is particularly interested in relationships to the land and its boundaries. Sarah photographs for National GeographicNew York Times, among others, and is a co-founder of The 400 Years Project, a photography collective looking at the evolution of Native American identity, rights, and representation. 

Teun van der Heijden is a graphic designer and co-founder of Heijdens Karwei, a graphic design agency based in Amsterdam and New York. They are known for the design of award-winning photography books like Black Passport, Diamond Matters, Rape of a Nation, Interrogations, War Porn, Carpe Fucking Diem, Inshallah, REX, War Sand, The Migrant and recently Centralia. Sandra and Teun have collaborated with many well-known photographers among them: Ying Ang, Nina Berman, Marcus Bleasdale, Poulomi Basu, Elina Brotherus, Zackary Canepari, Alexander Chekmenev, Stanley Greene, Kadir van Lohuizen, Philip Toledano, Anaïs López, Sim Chi Yin, Donald Weber and many more.  Together with his partner Sandra van der Doelen he is teaching photo book workshops all over the world. Teun has studied graphic design at St. Joost in Breda. A post academic studies in  Art-Direction at the HKU in Utrecht and Photography at ACF in Amsterdam.  Next to running Heijdens Karwei Teun is professor Visual Design and Hybrid media at the LUCA School of Arts in Genk, Belgium and a faculty member of ICP, the International Center of Photography in New York and mentor of MAPS (Master of Photography and Society) at the KABK Royal Academy of Arts in The Hague. 

Dr. Lauren Walsh teaches at The New School and New York University, where she is the Director of the Gallatin Photojournalism Lab. She is also the Director of Lost Rolls America, a national archive of photography and memory. A leading expert on contemporary photojournalism, with a specialty in coverage of conflict and crisis, her books include: Through the Lens: The Pandemic and Black Lives Matter and Conversations on Conflict Photography.