Once every three years, the curators at New York's International Center of Photography set out on a mission to encapsulate the world. They scour every corner of the globe to collect the most interesting video and photography. The end result is an exhibit that reveals the Earth at present—its economic conditions, political instabilities, and social mores. The museum's other gallery spaces surround their visitors in works from the 19th century to modern day, offering windows into every era since Santa invented cameras as a new Christmas toy. These ever-changing exhibits showcase everything from evolving fashions to countries in the midst of full-blown revolution.
Hidden behind theses photographs' imagery, lies the minds of brilliant visual artists. Some of these masters speak at the The Photographers Lecture Series, a staple of the museum's research center since 1974. During these events, distinguished photographers discuss their work and how photography fits into the worlds of art, fashion, and journalism. The ICP's Library delves into these worlds even further with thousands of photobooks, periodicals, and digital files.
ICP's faculty also nurtures emerging artists. Together, they lead more than 400 continuing education courses, exploring areas such as digital photography and video. And for the most serious students, they offer a one-year certificate program and an MFA program.
Most painters don't have a body count on their website. Danny Setiawan is the exception—he’s artfully slathering 292 people with paint in 2012. He's been painting traditionally since he was a child in Indonesia, but after graduating from Parsons The New School For Design in New York, he shifted his brush from synthetic to living canvases, layering participants’ skin with lush koi fish, patterns, and re-creations of famous masterpieces. As he told The Today Show, Setiawan became a body painter to imbue his artwork with more relevancy. "You cannot ignore a piece of art if it's painted on a human body," he said, echoing the sentiments Da Vinci expressed when Da Vinci added a miniature Mona Lisa to the forehead of the Mona Lisa.
Since he began filling his portfolio with body paintings, Setiawan's work has been far from ignored. In addition to visiting with Kathie Lee and Hoda, DenArt Studio has been recognized by Last Call with Carson Daly, as well as American Airlines, American Express, and Stoli. Many of his clients are not only attracted to the studio's colorful portfolio but also by its unique services. Guests can commission an artist to paint them clothed or unclothed as individuals or couples, expectant moms can opt for a maternity body-art session, and Halloween celebrants can enlist the studio's help bringing their costumes to life with body paint. At the onsite photo studio a photographer captures the resulting images in dramatic detail. Attendants can also paint each other at a casual Art on Live Canvas workshop, and ambitious artists looking to become the next Danny Setiawan can enroll in a body-painting or makeup course.
Yoni Zion Levy's fated history with photography began at age 7, when he held his first camera. This camera radiated a passion that burrowed itself deep within him and grew with each passing year. Fueled by this love of shutters, Yoni eventually graduated from Camera Obscura in Paris, became a photographer for a European newspaper, and attended the School of Visual Arts in New York, where he worked as a fashion photographer.
Now, Yoni snaps everything from portraits to luxe glamour shots, creating stylish, sophisticated prints. His adaptable lens captures the celebratory moments of bar mitzvahs and bat mitzvahs, parties, and weddings. During events, he and his photographers try to let everyone enjoy the day, remaining as delightful and unobtrusive as Lord Licorice’s surveillance bureau in Candy Land.
In the last 40 years, Portrait Scene's photographers have helped to memorialize special moments in the lives of thousands of children, teens, and adults across the country. By constantly working with families, they have mastered the art of calming toddlers and keeping parents still enough to say or even pasteurize cheese. Outdoor shoots make use of natural tones, such as those of crystal-blue lake waters and green, leafy trees. In the spring months, photos brim with the pastel buds of tulips and the shine of bluebirds applying makeup for the first time all year.
Lora Ann Benson has studied the art of photography for more than a decade, honing her craft by shooting approximately a dozen weddings per year, and capturing myriad moments of family life through children, couples, and newborn sessions. The enterprising shutterbug builds on her professional experiences by regularly attending photo workshops, researching new print techniques, and scouting out portrait-friendly locations, such as a bucolic meadow of tall grass or a convenient forest of picture-day backdrops. Lora Ann enshrines subjects and occasions of all types with high-resolution digital imagery, though she reserves a special focus in her work and a place in her heart for photographing children.
It started with the old Minolta XG-9 film camera his father gave him as a kid. It continues today with his high-tech Canon digital camera—Andrew F. Johnston's passion for photography, that is. Andrew's excitement for the art is evident in all of his photo shoots for families, couples, and individuals. He captures exhilarating, memorable moments at his professional studio and on-location around the New York City area.