Since 2001, ICP’s Teen Academy program has supported thousands of New York City high school students in using cameras as tools to tell their own stories, build community, and contribute to social change. The program includes seasonal classes in black-and-white and color darkroom, digital and new media, as well as the Imagemakers yearlong advanced program.

Teen Academy Imagemakers enables motivated high school juniors and seniors to advance their photography, writing, and public speaking skills while developing an awareness of the creative and professional possibilities in the field. This weekly after-school program provides teen photographers with guidance from some of New York’s best teaching artists, field trips to museums, galleries, and studios, college-prep workshops, pre-professional assignments, mentorship opportunities in the field, and full access to ICP’s facilities. This program is designed for students who are interested in pursuing photography in college and/or as a career. By the end of the year, students have created an extensive portfolio, including an artist’s statement and résumé. A selection of their best work is featured in this gallery exhibition.

Featured Artists

Alice Zhu, Alma Kastan, August Davidson-Onsgard, Bruno Zero Espinet, Camilla French, Clio Morrison, Coco Hollings, Dariana Portes, Darius Musselman, Destiny Benson, Emily Yourman, Genesis Harris, Helena Kopans-Johnson, Izzy Madover, Jai Mohammed, Jeremy Weine, Kiyan Fawaz, Lily Jurman, Madeleine Noah, Madeleine Miller, Madeline Lerner, Mia Lewis, Mollie Zoldan, Nikola Burnett, Olivia Wein, Polly Joyce, Sabina Stock, Sebastian Barreto, Sydney Tobia, Synphoni Gladden, Talya Matz, Tensi Masuda, Ting Ting Chen, Yona Browne, and Zoë Casdin.

Opening Reception

Wednesday, May 22 | 6–8 PM

Image: © Jai Mohammad

Special Thanks

Teen Academy and Imagemakers are made possible with generous support from the Chervenak-Nunnalle Foundation, Phillip and Edith Leonian Foundation, The Alesio Family Fund, Joy of Giving Something, Inc., and Milton and Sally Avery Arts Foundation.

These programs are supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.