ICP x Lower East Side History Month 2022

May 01, 2022

Join the International Center of Photography in celebrating Lower East Side History Month, whether you’re based in our neighborhood or joining us from afar. See local photography, make your own images, and be inspired! 

Enjoy free museum admission to our galleries May 10–15 for our ICP School Exhibitions, attend ICP Photobook Fest on May 21–22, and visit our shop to browse a display of books all about LES. Those visiting during May 10–15 and 21–22 for ICP School Exhibitions and Photobook Fest will receive a ‘Buy One, Get One Free’ museum admission coupon valid June 3–30! You can also sign up for a pay-what-you-wish course that will help you elevate your iPhone photography skills while on a photo scavenger hunt through the Lower East Side. Tag your photos from these events with #ICPinLES, #LESmonth, #LESHistorymonth—we may repost your images!

As we transition between exhibitions, ICP’s museum will be closed from May 2–10, May 16–21, May 23–June 3. For more events taking place throughout the month, please visit The People's LES.

Free Admission to ICP School Exhibitions, May 10–15

From May 10–15, enjoy free admission to ICP’s galleries! ICP’s School Exhibitions will feature work by students from our One-Year Certificate Programs in Creative Practices and Documentary Practice and Visual Journalism, as well as students from our Continuing Education community. These works represent a range of visual media from photography to collage. 

Buy One, Get one Free ICP Museum Admission

When you visit ICP from May 10–15 or May 21–22, receive a ‘Buy One, Get One Free’ coupon valid for museum admission in the month of June, during which William Klein: YES; Photographs, Paintings, Films, 1948–2013​ will be on view.

LES in Focus: iPhone Photography and Scavenger Hunt

Smartphones are not just our daily companions but a pocket-sized artistic tool. In this hands-on workshop co-taught by ICP faculty, Hannah La Follette Ryan and Roy Baizan, students will learn to use their camera phones to take artful and creative candids and portraits. Topics covered: how to use lighting, framing, composition, and in-camera editing features. The size and accessibility of phone cameras make them a natural fit for documentary photography. After learning some of these iPhone tips and tricks, students will go on an LES local business photo scavenger hunt and photowalk to explore and document this historic and diverse neighborhood.


ICP Shop Lower East Side Photobook Display

Visit ICP’s shop and browse books made by artists from or working in the Lower East Side.

ICP Photobook Fest

ICP is pleased to present the 2022 ICP Photobook Fest on May 21–22. A partnership with The Photography Show presented by AIPAD, the event will include leading photobook publishers and photographers showcasing their latest image-based books as well as online programming and in-person book signings. Timed tickets are available now.


Throughout the month, tag your images from #ICPinLES and #LESmonth. Keep an eye out on ICP’s social media channels—we may repost your image!