#GivingTuesday ICP Alumni Spotlight: DANNY PERALTA
In the spirit of #GivingTuesday (December 1st), ICP is spotlighting a few of our Community Programs alumni. Please join us in celebrating #GivingTuesday by sharing these posts, and consider donating to support our award-winning programs for young photographers.
Danny Peralta was born in the Bronx and was raised in the Inwood section of upper Manhattan. He graduated with a Bachelors of Arts and Science from NYU's School of Education in 2000 and began his work as both a youth and community developer and concerned photographer. In 2002, while searching to expand upon his love for art and storytelling, he began attending black-and-white photography classes at ICP at THE POINT in the South Bronx. Danny was awarded the first ever Jocelyn Benzakin Fellowship for documentary photography in 2005, and went on to study intensively at the ICP School in midtown for two years.
In 2009 he returned to THE POINT to work as Director of Arts and Education, and in the fall of 2015 Danny became the Executive Managing Director of the organization. His photography projects are closely tied to his community revitalization work in Hunts Point, the South Bronx and feature images of local workers, the effects of violence on youth, the arts and cultural scene, and currently an undocumented individual making a life in New York City.
Danny had this to say about his relationship to ICP:
The International Center of Photography has been the center of my education for close to 15 years now. As a young artist looking to have a voice, ICP not only taught me how to use the camera to tell stories, but most importantly, that my personal narrative was valid and necessary, and not just for my own personal growth, but for the overall health of my community in general. I can honestly attribute all my success as an artist, administrator, and even parent to my connection to ICP, as they have supported my every endeavor and helped shape the concerned lens I use to navigate through life. Without the encouragement of Lacy Austin, Carly Goldman, Fred Ritchin, Frank Fournier, Joseph Rodriguez, and a host of other ICP staff, faculty and students I’ve had the pleasure of getting to know throughout the years, I would not be the leader and artist I am today.
To see more of Danny’s work, visit his website and follow him on Tumblr.