ICP Teen Academy welcomes teenagers ages 14–19 from across the United States and around the world to develop their skills as visual storytellers and changemakers in a range of online and in-person courses. The program is designed to cultivate visual literacy, personal vision, and leadership skills through both seasonal and yearlong courses focused on the techniques and histories of photography and visual culture. 

The exhibition below and virtual showcase feature work created by students in the 2021–2022 Teen Academy Imagemakers program. This weekly after-school program enables motivated high school juniors, seniors, and gap year students to advance their photography, writing, and public speaking skills while developing an awareness of the creative and professional possibilities in the field. The images and writings in the showcase celebrate the unique perspectives of each student and give collective meaning to the power of photography and storytelling to educate and transform.

Featured Artists

Vivaluz Austin

Genesis Castro

Kaelyn De La Cruz

Mason Detrani

Sophia Fodor

Julia Geniesse

Chiara Hamazaki

Daniel Jeon

Kevin Lee

Saskia Lethin

Hailey Moya

Lorca Peña Nissenblatt

Litzy Puma

Ella B. Rose

Dagmar Rothschild

Iris Sagitta

Demetrios Vasilopoulos

Piero Zanes

Image: © Chiara Hamazaki
© Vivaluz Austin
© Genesis Castro
© Kaelyn De La Cruz
© Mason Detrani
© Sophia Fodor
© Julia Geniesse
© Chiara Hamazaki
© Daniel Jeon
© Kevin Lee
© Saskia Lethin
© Hailey Moya
© Lorca Peña Nissenblatt
© Litzy Puma
© Ella B. Rose
© Dagmar Rothschild
© Iris Sagitta
© Demetrios Vasilopoulos
© Piero Zanes

Special Thanks

Teen Academy is made possible with generous support from Joy of Giving Something, inc., Luana Alesio, Milton and Sally Avery Arts Foundation, William Talbott Hillman Foundation, Philip and Edith Leonian Foundation, Keith Haring Foundation, Eye Contact Foundation, Houston Family Foundation, Susan and Thomas Dunn, Stuart Z. Katz and Jane D. Martin, Monika and Deven Parekh, May and Samuel Rudin Family Foundation, and Lois and Bruce Zenkel.

This program is supported, in part, by public funds New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Office of the Governor and New York State Legislature, and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.