ICP at Mana:

Risking Life and Lens: A Photographic Memoir by Helen M. Stummer


February 26–June 29, 2018
6th Floor

For nearly forty years, Helen M. Stummer has chronicled urban communities affected by economic hardship in New York and New Jersey. Working in the tradition of social documentary—which Cornell Capa, ICP’s founder, termed “concerned photography”—Stummer focused on specific neighborhoods, blocks, buildings, and families over many years. Her intimate, poetic, and powerful images tell the stories of her subjects with compassion and real knowledge of their circumstances.

This exhibition, which was organized by Africia Heiderhoff, coincides with the publication of Stummer’s new book, Risking Life and Lens: A Photographic Memoir.

The International Center of Photography (ICP) is the world’s leading institution dedicated to the practice and understanding of photography and the reproduced image in all its forms. Through our exhibitions, educational programs, and community outreach, we offer an open forum for dialogue about the role images play in our culture. Since our founding, we have presented more than 700 exhibitions and offered thousands of classes, providing instruction at every level. ICP is a center where photographers and artists, students, and scholars can create and interpret the world of the image within our comprehensive educational and archival facilities. Visit ICP.org for more information.

ICP at Mana gallery hours are Monday and Wednesday, 1–5pm. The gallery is open to the public. No appointment necessary. For more information, contact managallery@icp.org.

Helen M. Stummer, Danielle on 322 Rooftop, Newark, New Jersey, 1990. © Helen Stummer.