Artist Bio

A native Bronx resident for 67+ years, married with two grown children. He is
recently retired from teaching photography for 33 years, the last 24 at the High
School of Art & Design in Manhattan. Along with his teaching duties Ira built up the
schools’ internship program to be one of the most successful high school internship
programs in New York City. Before teaching he worked as a free - lance
photographer associate at the Dena Photography Agency in the late 1970’s and early
1980’s and also as a videographer for the Health and Nursing Program at Lehman
College in the Bronx. He has been a recipient of four individual artist awards in
photography from the Bronx Council on the Arts and has received grants for
photography projects including documenting the residents of the Amalgamated
Cooperative (the oldest housing co-op in the nation) during their 85th anniversary
year. Ira also participated as one of the photographers for the borough wide Bronx
Artist Documentary Project which resulted in a traveling show and book. This year
he was granted the first one -person show at Metropolitan College Bronx Campus
for his series “Ephemeral,” which was photographed in Van Cortlandt Park in the
Bronx. Ira is also a member of the Bronx Photographers Collaborative and has
organized several of their members to document the communities living around the
#2/5 subway in the Bronx. Globally he is interested in highlighting the real threat of
climate change and is embarking on a nationwide project to photograph the
diversity of the American landscape and its relationship with the local residents.
The images for this project are assembled into grids and may be viewed as a single
photograph or a collection of many similar images. He began this project in May of
2017 at his artist in residency at the Homestead Monument National Park in
Nebraska.
In retirement Ira is exploring an interest in print making which began twenty years
ago at the School of Visual Arts during a sabbatical he took from teaching. The work
first explored the media of etching in which he too his photo collage negatives and
turned them into etching plates. Since retiring he has explored the other print
mediums of silk -screen, wood - cut, and monotypes; sometimes incorporating all
four into mixed media works. Presently he is working on a monotype series called,
“Women with Hats,” in which he sketches from photographs he has taken and then
through a process learned at Lehman College uses water - color paint to create the
monotypes

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Emily Lackey
April 2018
Meg Kaizu
April 2018
Ingrid Erickson
March 2018
Charles Bardes
Feb 2018 -March 2018
Jessie Janeshek
December 2017
Kendall Portis
October 2017
Jhon Sanchez, Esq
September 2017
Jane Ingram Allen
August 2017
Christina Laurel
April 2017