Winter/Spring 2021 ICP Talks Photographer Lecture Series

Jan 21, 2021
Cheriss May

We are pleased to announce the winter/spring season of our photographer lecture series, ICP Talks. Join us online for four one-hour lectures featuring inspiring photographers who champion social change through photography, use innovative practices that expand the form, and critically engage with the role of images in visual culture today.

The season features photojournalist Cheriss May on documenting democracy, ICP alum Smita Sharma on photographing locally and globally, Mari Katayama on photography, being, and self-portraiture, and Hassan Hajjaj on portraiture, fashion, and the industry. Reserve your seat for individual lectures or register for a season pass to receive a discount on all four talks!

Winter/Spring 2021 Speakers:

Register for your season pass today.

ICP Members receive $5 off ICP Talks. Join today! Current ICP One-Year Certificate Program students and faculty are automatically enrolled for all lectures.

Please Note: We strive to record all the ICP Talks and make available to participants up to 14 days after the program, but technical issues do happen. Recordings are not guaranteed for each lecture. We recommend participants to tune in live if there is a session they don’t want to miss.

Field Trips for High School, College, and University Students

Plan your field trip now! Educator’s receive a 30% discount on individual lectures ($6 per student per individual lecture) and a 35% discount on season passes ($23 per student for all four lectures) when booking for a class or student group. Email to book your virtual class field trip.

Ticketing Info

General Admission

  • $9 Individual Tickets
  • $25 Season Pass (includes all four lectures) (30% off)
  • $4 ICP Members
  • Free Students and Faculty of ICP’s One-Year Certificate Programs

Educator Rate (Field Trips)

  • $6 Per Student for Individual Lecture (30% off)
  • $23 Per Student for Season Pass (35% off)

Email to book your virtual class field trip.

Speaker Bios

Cheriss May is a lauded portrait and editorial photographer based in Washington, D.C. She is a member of the board of directors for Focus on the Story, the immediate past president of Women Photojournalists of Washington (WPOW), co-chair of photography at the National Press Club, an Adobe Education Leader, and an adjunct professor at Howard University, her alma mater. She is often commissioned to speak about inclusive storytelling, and trains and speaks to organizations, and educators around the world, including Spotify, Adobe, Leica Camera, the Merck Group, and the Center for Creative Photography.

May has been published in O Magazine, the White House Historical Association, the New York Times, Bloomberg, Time, ABC News, the Today Show, MSNBC, and other international publications. She has a solo exhibition at Black Rock Center for the Arts in Maryland, of photographs exploring the intersection of race, politics, and protest, in the wake of the national reckoning on racial injustice. Her work is featured in a permanent exhibit: MFON's In Conversation: Visual Meditations on Black Masculinity at the African American Museum in Philadelphia, displayed in an exhibit: Come Together, Right Now: The Art of Gathering at the Chrysler Museum of Art, in Norfolk, Va., and she has images highlighted in a BET social justice campaign, Content for Change.

Smita Sharma is an award-winning photojournalist and visual storyteller whose work focuses on human rights, gender, crime, and social issues. Sharma’s work questions deep-rooted stereotypes and sheds light on underreported topics. She is a National Geographic photographer and her work has also been published in various places like the New York Times, BBC World, TIME, Channel 4, Washington Post amongst many others. Smita is a Getty Images grantee and an IWMF Reporting Fellow. She has worked in different countries and has exhibited her work across the globe including the UN Headquarters in New York. Sharma is a graduate of the photojournalism program at the International Center of Photography, New York and is currently based in Delhi.

Mari Katayama was born in Saitama in 1987 and raised in Gunma, Japan. and graduated with a master’s degree in Department of Intermedia Art at Tokyo University of the Arts in 2012. Suffering from congenital tibial hemimelia, Katayama had both legs amputated at the age of 9. Since then, she has created numerous self-portrait photography together with embroidered objects and decorated prostheses, using her own body as a living sculpture. Her belief is that tracing herself connects with other people and her everyday life can be also connected with society and the world, just like the patchwork made with threads and a needle by stitching borders.

In addition to her art creation, Katayama leads “High Heel Project” in which she wears customized high-heeled shoes specially made for prosthesis to perform on stage as a singer, model, and keynote speaker. The motto of this project is to take advantage of any means including art and disabled bodies if it helps to expand the “freedom of choice” for those in desperate need. Her major exhibitions include, 58th Venice Biennale 2019 (Giardini and Arsenale, Venice, Italy), Broken Heart (White Rainbow, London, 2019), Photographs of Innocence and of Experience-Contemporary Japanese Photography vol.14 (Tokyo Photographic Art Museum, Tokyo, 2017), On the way home (The Museum of Modern Art, Gunma, 2017), Roppongi Crossing - My body, your voice (Mori Art Museum, Tokyo, 2016), and Aichi Triennale 2013 (Nayabashi, Aichi). Public collections include La Maison Rouge (Paris, France), Collection Antoine de Galbert (Paris, France), Mori Art Museum (Tokyo, Japan), Arts Maebashi (Gunma, Japan), and Tokyo Photographic Art Museum (Tokyo, Japan). She received the Encouraging Prize of Gunma Biennale for Young Artists in 2005, Grand Prix of Art Award Tokyo Marunouchi in 2012, Higashikawa Award for the New Photographer category in 2019, and Kimura Ihei Award in 2020. Her first photo book, GIFT, was published in 2019 by United Vagabonds.