ICP Announces Inaugural Christian Louboutin Scholarship Recipient Shateek Mitchell

The news was shared at ICP’s online 2020 Spotlights event, held in honor of Nadia Hallgren, Deana Lawson, and Lindsay Peoples Wagner
Oct 27, 2020
The news was shared at ICP’s online 2020 Spotlights event, held in honor of Nadia Hallgren, Deana Lawson, and Lindsay Peoples Wagner
Image: Melissa Craig

The International Center of Photography (ICP) is thrilled to announce that Shateek Mitchell has received the inaugural Christian Louboutin Scholarship to support his studies in ICP’s One-Year Certificate Program in Documentary Practice and Visual Journalism for the 2020–2021 academic year. The news was first shared at ICP’s online 2020 Spotlights event, held in honor of Nadia Hallgren, Deana Lawson, and Lindsay Peoples Wagner.

The scholarship was established this year to support one local or national student enrolled in either of ICP’s One-Year Certificate Programs. “I’m very keen to support ICP’s work on cultivating a new generation of talent from different places in America and their efforts to support diversity through their scholarship programs,” said Christian Louboutin.

“I am honored and thankful to receive the inaugural Christian Louboutin Scholarship,” said Mitchell. “It is incredible and inspiring to see such a powerful fashion house like Christian Louboutin support the arts and an individual artist in this manner. The world needs more storytellers and through this scholarship, I will be able to tell that many more stories.”

ICP's One-Year Certificate Programs in Creative Practices and Documentary Practice and Visual Journalism (DOC) provide advanced students with an intensive yearlong course of study to strengthen personal vision, refine skills and technique, and explore the many disciplines informing media and art today. Students the Documentary Practice and Visual Journalism Program explore the history of visual journalism; develop new and challenging technical skills in still photography, multimedia, and video; learn strategies for publication; and create long-term documentary projects that examine the human experience.

“One of my main goals in life is to be able to tell my story as well as the stories of other people, primarily Black stories. A learning environment like ICP’s Documentary Practice and Visual Journalism Program will help me to create stronger bodies of work and hone my skills, as well as receive different perspectives on my work from peers around the world,” Mitchell added.

About Shateek Mitchell

Shateek Mitchell (b. 1993) is a photographer born and raised in Brooklyn, New York. In 2010, he began taking classes at the International Center of Photography’s Teen Academy, enrolling in the Imagemakers program. He is an alum of ICP’s Community Fellowship Program (2018–2020) and a teaching assistant at the organization, helping to mentor young photographers around New York City.

Having receiving the inaugural Christian Louboutin Scholarship, Mitchell is currently a student in ICP’s Documentary Program and Visual Journalism. He is currently working on two long-term projects: All That Jazz, about Small’s Jazz Club and Fat Cat in Greenwich Village, and Coney Island, which centers on the neighborhood he was raised in and peels back the duality of an area undergoing rapid structural development.

Mitchell studied sociology with a minor in English at CUNY Hunter College. His client list includes the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, Option A, and Diamond Supply Company, among others.

About Christian Louboutin

Christian Louboutin established his business in the heart of Paris in 1991, first with a collection for Women followed by a Men’s collection a few years later, both recognizable by the signature red lacquered sole. 2014 welcomed the launch of Christian Louboutin Beauté. With a prolific collection of women’s and men’s shoes, handbags and small leather goods, Christian Louboutin now counts 164 boutiques around the world.