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2023 Annual Conference


March 16-18, 2023

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Images on the Street: Part I

Inspired by William Klein's bold and impactful photographs made on the streets of New York, Rome, and beyond, this summer at ICP immerse yourself in the fast-paced world of street photography, starting with two evenings of candid conversations between leading street photographers and ICP faculty. This program will be held both in-person and online.

On July 14, join ICP online or in person to hear from photographers Vanessa Charlot and Jeff Mermelstein as they share their recent projects and most surprising photographs taken on the streets of NYC, while offering stories and tips for those interested in making their own images. The conversation will be moderated by ICP's Associate Director of Part-Time Program, Natan Dvir. Stay late for pay-by-donation admission to ICP's galleries to visit William Klein: YES; Photographs, Paintings, Film, 1946–2013.

Interested in honing your street photography skills? Learn more about ICP's Street Photography Intensive which offers intermediate photographers the opportunity to dive into Street Photography, gain confidence taking pictures in public places, and acquire the knowledge, techniques, and artistic background needed for creating arresting imagery in this dynamic environment. Upcoming courses offered include Ethics in Documentary Photography taught by Vanessa Charlot, Street Immersion with Jeff Mermelstein, and Introduction to Street Photography: Capturing the Fleeting Moment with Natan Dvir.

Important Program Information
This program is being offered both in person at ICP, located on NYC's Lower East Side and online. Tickets are free with suggested donation. In-person tickets include museum access. In person and online tickets are not interchangeable.

Currently, ICP requires that all visitors aged two and older wear a mask while on the premises. Proof of vaccination is no longer required but strongly recommended to visit ICP's galleries. Events taking place in the ICP library currently require proof of vaccination in order to attend; please review your tickets closely for up-to-date requirements. ICP requires visitors to this program to show proof of vaccination at the front desk.

Vanessa Charlot is an awarding-winning American photographer, filmmaker, lecturer, and curator whose widely published and exhibited work focuses on the intersectionality of race, politics, culture, socio-economics, and sexual-gender expression.

For over 35 years Jeff Mermelstein has been a prolific street photographer whose books include Sidewalk (Dewi Lewis, 1999), No Title Here (powerHouse, 2003), Twirl/Run (powerHouse, 2009), Hardened (Morel Books, 2019), Arena (TBW Books, 2019) and #nyc (Mack, 2020). He is the recipient of an Aaron Siskind Foundation Fellowship and the European Publishers Award for Photography. Mermelstein has been on the teaching faculty of the International Center of Photography in New York since 1987. His work has been published in many magazines including The New York Times Magazine, The New Yorker, Aperture, DoubleTake, Newsweek, Esquire, Stern and Vanity Fair. Jeff Mermelstein's photographs are in the permanent collections of The Art Institute of Chicago, The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, The Whitney Museum of American Art, and the International Center of Photography, amongst others.

Natan Dvir is an educator, artist, and editorial photographer. He became the Associate Director of Part-Time Programs at the International Center of Photography (ICP) in New York in 2022 after teaching at ICP since 2011. In his role, Natan is in charge of designing and managing creative and flexible programs for American and international students to develop their practice while studying with some of the world's most accomplished and innovative practitioners. His personal teaching focuses on conceptual documentary, street photography, editing & sequencing, and professional best practices.

Natan received his MBA from Tel Aviv University and his MFA from the School of Visual Arts in New York. He is Israel's first Sony Imaging Ambassador and is represented by Polaris Images agency and the gallery Anastasia Photo. His award-winning work has been exhibited and published extensively during the past 20 years by museums, festivals, and leading magazines around the world.

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