The Intimate Lens

By International Center of Photography (other events)

Wednesday, April 20 2016 7:00 PM 9:00 PM EDT

FREE to ICP Alumni, Students, and Members 
$10 to general public 
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“We are scared of death and I think that is in large part because we hide it away, out of sight and avoid it until we have to.” – Nancy Borowick

Three ICP School alumni will present work made by turning their cameras towards the stories closest to them, a means to understanding and processing emotional passages in their lives.  In “Cancer Family” World Press winner Nancy Borowick documented her parents battle with cancer, their love story, and their subsequent deaths.  In “Hesitating Beauty” Joshua Lutz presents a monograph on his relationship to his mother’s mental illness, and a childhood built on fiction and fact.  In “Left Behind” Kerry Payne Stailey explores firsthand the complicated grief facing those who lose somebody they love to suicide, and in “The Children (I Never Had)” Payne Stailey pays tribute to women battling infertility and the lost dream of motherhood.  


Nancy Borowick: Cancer Family; Cancer Family Ongoing
Joshua Lutz – Hesitating Beauty  
Kerry Payne: Left Behind; The Children (I Never Had) 

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Nancy Borowick (b. 1985) is a humanitarian photographer and is currently based in New York City. She is a graduate of the Documentary Photography and Photojournalism program at the International Center of Photography and holds a degree in Anthropology from Union College. Over the previous ten years Nancy narrowed the focus her work, telling stories of illness and personal relationships, using compassion, humility and trust as tools to connect with, and explore the lives of her subjects. Nancy’s most recent focus has been her parents’ battles with cancer.

Nancy is a regular contributor to The New York Times, Newsday, and Corbis and her work has also been featured in the International Herald Tribune, The New York Times Lens Blog, CNN, Time Magazine, Photo District News, The Washington Post, Newsweek Japan and Feature Shoot. She was recently awarded the Arnold Newman Prize in New Directions in Photographic Portraiture and received the Eddie Adams Workshop Award in Innovation in Visual Storytelling.

She was named one of the 2013 Magenta Foundation Flash Forward Emerging Photographers and Borowick participated in the 2nd Annual New York Portfolio Review sponsored by the New York Times Lens Blog. In 2014 Borowick was named one the Best of ASMP featured photographers as well as one of Lens Culture’s Top 50 Emerging Talents. Her Cancer Family, Ongoing project was presented at the Visa pour l’Image in Perpignan, France in 2014 and will return for an exhibition at the festival in 2015.

This summer her work will also be shown in Shots and Works at the Look3 photography festival in Virginia. Cancer Family, Ongoing was also exhibited at the Obscura Photo Festival in Malaysia, the Angkor Photography Festival in Cambodia and the Oberstdorfer Fotogipfel Photofestival in Germany.

Joshua Lutz is an artist and educator on the faculty of ICP General Studies, ICP Photojournalism and ICP-Bard College MFA Program in Advanced Photographic Studies. His books include Meadowlands (2008) and Hesitating Beauty (2013). He is the recipient of the Aaron Siskind Foundation, The Tierney Fellowship, Time Magazine’s Best Photography Book, Communication Arts, PDN 30, American Photography. He is also the founder of the publishing initiative Magical Thinking.

Kerry Payne Stailey is an Australian photographer based in New York City. She is drawn to the healing power of photography. For her, intimate visual storytelling is a means to sharing the powerful alchemy that is ‘hurting, to healing, to helping.’  

Kerry has studied photography, documentary filmmaking and writing at the International Center of Photography, School of Visual Arts and New York University.  In 2015 she was awarded the Lucie Foundation award for ‘Moving Images Photographer of the Year’.  Her photography has been published widely and exhibited internationally.  She is a featured artist at Sydney’s Head On Photo Festival in 2016 for her most recent project “Instant Love / We Are All We Need”. 

Kerry has participated in photography related panel discussions with Aperture and the New School in NYC, and at Newhouse School of Public Communications, Syracuse University.  Her nonprofit clients include The United Nations Foundation, where she is a Senior Fellow of #instacorp, and the American Foundation For Suicide Prevention. She is a partner in the initiative 1in20, providing a platform for people living with mental illness, and their caregivers, to share their experiences through the art of visual storytelling.

Kerry is also co-founder of Principa, a consulting network delivering business development technology, marketing strategy and profit boosting tools to small and mid-sized businesses worldwide.  In this capacity she has consulted to a number of the worlds leading photographers, agencies and collectives on social media marketing, strategy and positioning.

She now serves as the Coordinator of Alumni Engagement for the International Center of Photography in NYC.

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