2012-2013 Archive – Artist Lecture Series

2012 – 2013 Archive – Artist Lecture Series



Robert A. Schaefer Jr. Artist Lecture

October 29th, 2013
Event offered through ICP/CAP Partnership

Robert A. Schaefer, Jr. began his photography career while studying for his MA Degree (Diplom Ingenieur) at the Technische Universität of Munich, Germany. With exhibitions in Munich, Frankfurt, Hannover, Hamburg, Paris and Graz, he moved to New York in 1981 where he began working with alternative printing processes from the 19th Century. His particular favorite became the cyanotype which was used to print the images for his exhibitions “Blue Berlin,” Berlin, Germany in 1997, “Nothin But The Blues” at the Barbara Levy Gallery, New York City in 1999 and his 25-Year Retrospective at the Huntsville Museum of Art in Huntsville, Alabama (his home state) in 1999 to 2000. Lyle Rexer writes about Schaefer’s use of cyanotype printing of architectural images in Photography’s Antiquarian Avant-garde (published by Abrams in 2002). The Goethe Institute of Delhi supported an exhibition of Schaefer’s cyanotypes in November 2010 at their facility and another at the Government Museum in Chandigarh with a catalogue, which offers images of both exhibitions. The Goethe Institute flew Schaefer there to speak at both openings as well as offer a cyanotype workshop at their individual institutes. This summer, he spent the entire month of June at the Can Serrat Artist Colony outside Barcelona, Spain to produce a new body of cyanotypes from the region.  Schaefer currently teaches various photography courses at New York University and the Center for Alternative Photography where he teaches Cyanotype and Vandyke workshops. His work is handled by the Domeischel Gallery in New York City.

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In Conversation:

Photographer Lauren Henkin and Poet Kimiko Hahn

September 10th @ 7:00pm


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Harvey Stein Artist Lecture

April 25, 2013
Event offered through ICP/CAP Partnership

HARVEY STEIN is a long time faculty member at The International Center of Photography who has also taught at The School of Visual Arts, Parsons, Rochester Institute of Technology, and Drew University. He frequently leads workshops and lectures worldwide. He is the Director of Photography at Umbrella Arts Gallery. Stein has had 75 solo exhibitions and has participated in over 150 group shows. To add to his long list of accolades, he has published 5 books of photography: Coney Island 40 Years. Parallels: A Look at TwinsArtists ObservedConey Island, and Movimento: Glimpses of Italian Street Life. His latest book, Harlem Street Portraits, will be published in the fall of 2013. Stein’s work exists in over 55 public collections and he is represented by Bruce Silverstein Gallery, Throckmorton Fine Art and June Bateman Fine Art.
Harvey Stein will share aspects of his career that spans over 40 years of consistent and impressive work in photography.  He plans to show and discuss three bodies of work: images from his beautiful new book, Coney Island 40 Years, (copies will be available for Harvey to sign), photographs featured in his upcoming book, Harlem Street Portraits, and work from another, rarely seen ongoing series, New York Street Life. This series is photographed in response to the rough, crowded, edgy and effervescent city, looking specifically at the juxtapositions and interactions of people in public spaces. Harvey is well known for his strong, close-up and involving street photography as well as his sensitive portraiture of people from around the world.  He is interested in how we interact and intersect in public, how we get along or not, and how public behavior reflects the culture’s trends, patterns, values and mores.

Julie Pochron











Julie Pochron Artist Lecture

April 16, 2013
Event offered through ICP/CAP Partnership

Ms. Pochron’s photographs combine elements from two equally commodified sources, fashion photography and food photography. Shooting in-camera multiple exposures and printing large-scale analogue type c prints she combines the glossy flare of a fashion magazine to the complex first bite of an unexpected hors d’oeuvre. Her sensuous handling of photography opens the way for a deeply polymorphic interpretation of the imagery. Ms. Pochron’s often wry and sometimes ribald sense of humor encourages us to delve in to these complex self-portraits and in turn experience our own sense of umami.

Selected works from Umami are included in Auto Focus: The Self-Portrait in ­­Contemporary Photography by Susan Bright published in 2010 by Monacelli Press.

Her last solo exhibition, Umami, was at Safe -T Gallery in Dumbo, Brooklyn.

Ms. Pochron owns and operates Pochron Studios LLC where she practices her art of master printing for some of the most influential artists of today.

Ms. Pochron also teaches photography at Pratt Institute.


Lauren Henkin Artist Lecture

 Video coming soon!

March 26, 2013
Event offered through ICP/CAP Partnership 

Born in Washington, D.C., artist Lauren Henkin grew up in Maryland, graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in architecture from Washington University in St. Louis and now resides in New York City. She states, “My work focuses on the question, What will last?  I work from the inside out, using internal narrative as the foundation in which to produce objects that reinterpret space, light and form found in the external.”

Henkin is an educator, reviewer, frequent speaker, photolucida advisory board member, author and publisher of multiple books, and active member in the photographic community.  Her work is widely collected by institutions such as the Southeast Museum of Photography, Yale University and Dartmouth College as well as numerous private collectors. Her work has been published in numerous journals on photography and book arts including Black+White Magazine, Photo District News, Shots Magazine, Diffusion Magazine, Flak Photo, Urbanautica, Landscape Stories, Parenthesis and The Washington Post. She is both a Px3 multi-category award and Oregon Regional Arts & Culture Council grant winner, with other award nominations in both the Brink Emerging Artist and Contemporary Northwest Art Awards.  She also founded her own imprint, Vela Noche, a small fine press publishing company and online shop.


Harvey Wang Artist Lecture

March 12, 2013
Presented through ICP/CAP partnership

No video archive available, but keep an eye out for the release of From Darkroom to Daylight!

Harvey Wang is a photographer and award-winning filmmaker.  His books of photography include Flophouse: Life on the Bowery and Harvey Wang’s New York.  His work is in the collections of the Smithsonian Institution, the Brooklyn Museum, the New-York Historical Society, and the Museum of the City of New York, among others.  His short film about photographer Milton Rogovin won Best Short Documentary at the Tribeca Film Festival.   The Last New Yorker, his first feature film starring Dominic Chianese, Kathleen Chalfant, and Dick Latessa was released in 2010.

For my artist lecture at CAP, I will discuss and share segments from my current film project, From Darkroom to Daylight, about the transition in photography from chemical to digital processes.   For the film, I’ve had conversations with over 40 photographers and others, including Sally Mann, David Goldblatt, Gregory Crewdson, George Tice, Elliot Erwitt, Taryn Simon, Jerome Liebling, Susan Meiseles, Platon and Alex Webb. I’ve visited the Ilford factory in England to talk to their chairman about film production, and I’ve interviewed Steven Sasson, who invented the digital camera while at Kodak, as well as Thomas Knoll who created Photoshop, the image manipulation application sold by Adobe.

Sze Tsung Leong Artist Lecture

December 4, 2012
Presented through ICP/CAP partnership

Video Archive here:   Part I   Part II

Sze Tsung Leong (American and British, born Mexico City 1970) is an artist based in New York. His work includes the series Cities, a detailed depiction of urban formations throughout the globe, from medieval towns to recent constructions, that together form a picture of the world at this particular moment in time at the beginning of the twenty-first century; Horizons, an international collection of images of natural terrains and urban landscapes that considers the relationships between far and near, foreign and familiar; and History Images, which examines the erasure of history and the reshaping of society through the built environment.

Image Credit:
Sze Tsung Leong
Alameda, México D.F.
2009 From the series Cities Chromogenic Color Print
© Sze Tsung Leong, Courtesy Yossi Milo Gallery, New York









Jerry Vezzuso Artist Lecture 

Video coming soon!

Jerry Vezzuso has lived and worked in New York City as a photographer, master printer and professor for more than a half century.  His work is represented in many institutions such as the Brooklyn Museum of Art and the Museum of the City of New York.  Jerry has exhibited and published widely including Double-Take magazine and he has produced a book entitled New American Haircuts by Ballentine Books.  As a master color printer his clients included: Gregory Crewdson, Philip Lorca di Corcia, Roni Horn, Tina Barney and Nan Goldin.  He was the recipient of the 2004 New York Foundation for the Arts Special Projects Grant.

Currently, Jerry is on the Faculty of the School of Visual Arts, and the International Center of Photography.  He is a member of the Tierney Fellowship Committee and is a co-founder of the Program.  Presently he is working in video art.

Lorie Novak was a guest host and moderator of this lecture. Novak is an artist and Professor of Photography & Imaging at New York University Tisch School of the Arts and Associate Faculty at the Hemispheric Institute of Performance and Politics. To learn more about her work, visit  http://www.lorienovak.com.









Ellen Wallenstein Artist Lecture

Watch archive here. (Please note that we had a glitch and the audio is missing for the first bit of the archive video- sorry!) 

Ellen Wallenstein was born in New York City and grew up in Washington Heights, attending public schools. Her first photographs were made in the 1960s, as a student at Hunter College High School. Wallenstein earned a BA in Art History from SUNY Stony Brook, and a MFA in Photography from Pratt Institute.

A longtime Professor of Art, she currently teaches Photography and Book Arts at The School of Visual Arts and Pratt Institute. She writes articles and book reviews for several online and printed publications Other professional experiences include Artist-In-Residence, Photo Archivist, Curator and Tarot Card Reader.

Wallenstein’s photographs are documentary in style. Her current project “Respecting My Elders”, portraits of creative people over 80 years old, has received funding through United States Artists.org.

Her work has been nominated for the Alfred Eisenstaedt Award for Magazine Photography and the Santa Fe Prize. She is a 2008 NYFA Photography Fellow.

Ellen will be presenting a selection of portraits from personal projects, made over the last 25 years.

Philip Levine & Andrew Moore, In Conversation – video coming soon!

Inspired by Detroit, the greatest American industrial city of the 20th Century, Philip Levine and Andrew Moore will discuss their personal histories and creative evolutions with the city, as well as the controversy regarding images of the ruins in the city’s depiction over the last three decades. The conversation will be a unique opportunity to hear two extraordinary artists as they discuss their experiences with one of the most emblematic American cities of our times through dialogue, poetry and images.

During the course of the conversation, Andrew Moore will show images of his large-format photographs from his 2008-2009 project Detroit Disassembled.

Mr. Levine and Mr. Moore will both be available for signing books after the presentation. Penumbra Foundation will have copies of their latest books available for purchase and signing after the event.

The event was co-sponsored by the Penumbra Foundation & School of Visual Arts BFA Photography Department.







Ángel Franco Artist Lecture

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Ángel Franco was born in 1951 in the South Bronx, New York. He began his career as a professional photographer at the age of 18. After winning a full scholarship and obtaining a BFA in photography from the renowned School of Visual Arts in New York City, he firmly established himself in the photographic community, and as a result, was hired as a staff photographer by the New York Times.

While bringing his unique vision to documentary photography to the Times, Mr. Franco continued to pursue his own personal projects which have taken him around the world. In addition to still photography, he has filmed documentary videos for the Discovery Times channel on subjects in Brazil, Ireland, and New York as well as a video report on Guantanamo’s detainees for the News Hour. The documentary short “Louie Rivera searches for his wife-9/11″ was aired on The New York Times Web site.

Most recently, Mr. Franco exhibited “Invisible New Yorkers” as a one person show at the The Widner Gallery at Trinity College in Hartford CT. His work has been exhibited in numerous group shows: The International Center of Photography, The Corcoran Gallery in Washington, D.C., The George Eastman House and the Museum of the City of New York. He is a recipient of grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, the New York Foundation for the Arts and The Concerned Photographers Fund. He was awarded the prestigious Leica Medal of Excellence and was a recipient of the Pulitzer Prize, as well as multiple nominee.

Mr. Franco’s work is in the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art and The George Eastman House as well as private collections. He was an adjunct professor at New York University, an instructor at the International Center of Photography and the New School for Social Research. Mr. Franco was the photographer for the “This Land” column and is currently a senior photographer at The New York Times.

He continues to work on many types of photography spanning new digital technology to experimenting with historic processes.

At this lecture, Franco will be sharing his personal event work, including some Holga images and tintypes.







Michelle Bates Artist Lecture – Sept. 6, 2012

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Michelle Bates has been photographing with Holgas for over 20 years, and teaches and lectures worldwide about toy cameras. Her book, “Plastic Cameras: Toying with Creativity” is in its second edition and widely acknowledged as the ultimate guide to the subject.
Artist Website:  http://michellebates.net/

Photo Credit: Michelle Bates








Amy Arbus Artist Lecture – May 10

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Photographer Amy Arbus has published four books, including the award winning On the Street 1980-1990 and The Inconvenience of Being Born. The New Yorker called her most recent, The Fourth Wall, her masterpiece. Her advertising clients include Chiat/Day, Foote, Cone and Belding, American Express, Saatchi & Saatchi, SpotCo, New Line Cinema and Nickelodeon. Her photographs have appeared in over one hundred periodicals around the world, including New York Magazine, People, Dazed and Confused and The New York Times Magazine. She teaches portraiture at the International Center of Photography, Maine Media Workshops and The Fine Arts Work Center. Amy Arbus is represented by Anthropy Arts in New York and The Schoolhouse Gallery in Massachusetts. She has had twenty-one solo exhibitions worldwide, and her photographs are a part of the collection of The New York Public Library and The Museum of Modern Art in New York.







Ellen Susan Artist Lecture – May 1
, 2012

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From 2007 to 2011 Ellen Susan made portraits of active-duty members of the United States Army in Savannah and Columbus, Georgia, using the 19th century wet plate collodion process. Susan’s Soldier Portraits intend, in part, to personalize and humanize individuals sent repeatedly into war zones, in a way that is meant to transcend pro-or-con policy debates. The resulting intensity of gaze in the portraits engages viewers in a manner that is distinct from casually made, ephemeral images in contemporary media. Work from the project has been the subject of six solo exhibitions to date, and has been included in museum and gallery shows in New York, Boston, Seattle, Atlanta, San Francisco and other cities.

In this lecture Susan will discuss the use of the process, and the intersection of content and chosen method, both in her own work and other artists working in historic photo processes. Newer work will also be shown and discussed.






Jerry Spagnoli Artist Lecture – April 17, 2012

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Jerry Spagnoli lives and works in New York City.

He is currently working on several projects including two ongoing historical documentation series, “Local Stories” and “The Last Great Daguerreian Survey of the Twentieth Century”. The common thread among all his projects is the exploration of the interplay between information and knowledge. Taking the camera and photosensitive materials as the traditional standard for objectivity Spagnoli explores the ways that subjectivity is the inevitable basis of all knowledge.

A monograph of his work, titled “Daguerreotypes” was published by Steidl in 2006, and his next book “American Dreaming will be published in 2011.

His collaborations with Chuck Close have resulted in two monographs, “A Couple of Ways of Doing Something”, published by Aperture and “Daguerreotypes” published by Gabrius. His work has appeared in many books and publications, among them are “Watching the World Change”, by David Friend, “Photography’s Antiquarian Avant Garde” by Lyle Rexer, “21st: A Journal of Contemporary Photography Volume VI: Flesh and Spirit”, Vanity Fair, DoubleTake Magazine, Adbusters, Metropolis and Graphis.

His work is held in the collections of The Whitney Museum of American Art, The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, The National Portrait Gallery, The Fogg Museum, The Museum of Modern Art, The Chrystler Museum, The Art Institute of Chicago, The High Museum, The New York Historical Society and other major collections.





Philip Perkis Artist Lecture – April 3, 2012

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Philip Perkis was born in Boston. After flunking out of several schools, he had his visual awakening as a tail gunner on a B36 heavy bomber in the US Air Force. Flying several hundred flights of 20 hours and more, all the time looking out at the sky and the earth, something happened. James Mitchell, a friend, helped him buy his first camera and showed him how to use it, and to develop film and print. Been at it ever since. He survived financially by teaching (30 years at Pratt Institute and various other institutions of “higher learning”). His work is in the collections of many major museums (Metropolitan Museum of Art, MoMA, Chicago Art Institute, etc.) He has three books published: Warwick Mountain Series; Teaching Photography, Notes Assembled; and The Sadness of Men. He lives in New York City with his wife, the artist Cyrilla Mozenter, who just gave him one of her kidneys so he could keep working. Photography is life.