Most people think of sleep-away camps with one stereotype- an unpopulated area of land with wood cabins and many different activities for kids and teens to try. However, SOCAPA (School of Creative and Performing Arts) is unique. Instead of being in the middle of nowhere, SOCAPA camps are held on campuses right in the middle of big cities. In addition to having a range of teen programs in the creative arts, SOCAPA stands out for attracting special and creative people. Despite a large percentage of international students and various languages spoken, there was a camaraderie and feeling of community between campers that made the time there even more enjoyable. This camp helps bring together people from other countries through the arts in a safe, yet urban environment.
When I attended SOCAPA in Brooklyn, I had an unexplainably extraordinary experience. As a participant in the 2-week digital photography program I was given a chance to learn from a professional how to develop my skills in using a camera. With my trusty Nikon D5100, a pair of sneakers and some sunglasses, I was able to dive into the New York City scene and create art I never imagined I could have made. [click to continue….]
The International Center of Photography‘s Weegee exhibition is by far the most spectacular and fascinating photography display I’ve observed. Weegee, a photographer, was renowned for his dedication to depicting murder scenes and rioting crowds throughout New York City in his own light. The exhibition began with large text on the wall that stated, “WEEGEE- MURDER IS MY BUISNESS.” When proceeding through the exhibition, there was a multitude of black and white photographs, all different in the messages they conveyed. [click to continue….]
The first picture named Covered by Shteynshleyger looked plain until you took a closer look. A girl stood in front of a grey background with her back mostly to the camera. The whole thing almost looked staged but you still got a feeling of vulnerability. The girl wasn’t perfect, She had zits on her back and her hair cut looked messy but yet she stood there as if she was perfect.
Anna Schteynshleyher's "AXE" from her "City of Destiny" series, named after the town Des Plaines, Illinios. The official motto of the town is "City of Destiny." (Photo: Anna Shteynshleyger)
Against a murky sky and dreary weather the iridescent glass building housing New York City’s International Center of Photography shines like a beacon. The white spacious walls gleam with strength and boldness, but the photographs on display are spectacular and unyielding as well. With a quick turn of a corner, spectators come face to face with a collection of portraits, landscapes, and interiors by Anna Shteynshleyger. Shteynshleyger’s work is notable for its formal beauty and technical execution. Her photographs are part of “Perspectives 2012,” an exhibition series that focuses on emerging young artists working in photography and video. [click to continue….]
Located on 1133 Avenue of the Americas on 43rd Street is the International Center for Photography, also known as ICP. Here, you can discover photography as old as its origin to collections by artists today. The photographers on display not only captured a moment, but created a piece of artwork by smartly taking the photograph in a certain angle at a specific time.
Artists such as Weegee (1899-1968), captured the intense decade between 1935 through 1946 in New York City while working as a crime photographer in the exhibition playfully titled, “Weegee: Murder is My Business.” One photograph from April 16, 1942 captured the irony of the moment as the police investigate a dead body sprawled across the pavement in front of a theater showing the movie, “The Joy of Living.” Weegee always focused on the scene rather than on a certain object. His photographs were centered on the incident’s surrounding, rather than the actual incident.
“To me, photography is the art of observation.” -Elliott Erwitt
One of the prolific photographers of the 2oth century, Elliott Erwitt captured some of the most famous events of modern history with his poignant eye and subtle wit, forever etching his perspective to our national memory.
Yesterday afternoon, I had the pleasure of attending a press preview of Erwitt’s latest exhibition, (Personal Best), opening today at the International Center of Photography. The exhibition is a selection of 100 photographs that Erwitt has called his “favorites”. From somber reflections on world-changing events to witty juxtapositions that find humor in the everyday, the freshness and vitality of Erwitt’s images transcend time and communicate universal truth and beauty in way that can be appreciated by all.
But, a picture is worth a thousand words, so I’ll let the images speak for themselves. I’ve selected my three favorite from the exhibition. If you like the images you see below, check out (Personal Best) on view at ICP until August 28th. (Hit up High 5 for 2-for-$5 passes!)
c. Elliott Erwitt, 1963. USA. Arlington, Virginia. November 25, 1963. Jacqueline KENNEDY at John F. KENNEDY’s funeral.
c. Elliot Erwitt, 1955. USA. New York. 1955.
c. Elliott Erwitt, 1955. Santa Monica, California, 1955