24/7 – A Day in the Life of a Student

Kenneth Pizzo – GS 12 – USA

Age: 23
Hometown: New York

What were you doing before ICP?

I was and still am working towards my photography BFA at St. John’s.

7:00 a.m.  Wake up, fall back asleep, wake again and rush into the shower while brewing coffee.

8:00 a.m.  On the train into the city, heading in early to buy supplies before Alternative Processes class.  Frantically look for stores that carry the paper I’ve become attached to.

8:30 a.m.  Third store has the paper and a nice enough portfolio box for tomorrow’s critique.  Guest critics invited, things must look neat and prepared.

9:30 a.m.  Second coffee with a donut in the student lounge before class begins.

10:00 a.m.  Class starts, luckily my exposure times are long enough that I can also juggle printing in the digital lab simultaneously.

11:30 a.m.  Hour and a half later and I have a single print that I’m happy with, although now I’m questioning if I like the image itself.

1:00 p.m.  Clean up the mess I made in class, make sure prints are drying properly on the racks to leave overnight.  Time to grab lunch at my favorite food cart and head to the mounter to inspect work for the exhibition.

2:00 p.m.  Back at school, ate too much to hold me over for the rest of the day.  Digital lab appointment to work on prints for career day portfolios and extra prints for tomorrow’s crit.  Impressive guest critics are already making me nervous.

3:00 p.m.  Two prints done.  Just tweaking images that are nearly completed.

4:00 p.m.  Help a classmate with a zine layout.

5:00 p.m.  Four prints done.

6:00 p.m.  Take a break to grab a coffee, rest my eyes and stretch my legs.  Second wind starts up.

9:00 p.m.  Leave the lab feeling satisfied.  Head home.

9:30 p.m.  Get home, have some tea and start writing prepared notes for tomorrow’s critique.  All prints are ready and I have a loose idea of how I’m going to lay them out on the wall.

11:30 p.m. to 12:00 a.m.  Exhausted but got a lot done, ready for 10 months of hard work to be critiqued tomorrow…feeling confident.

Eileen Roche – GS 12 – USA

Age: 28
Hometown: San Francisco, California

What were you doing before ICP?

I’ve already tried out a couple of career paths…after graduating with degrees in Sociology and International Relations, I worked in mentoring, tutoring, and family outreach programs and later, substitute-taught in grades K-5. Eventually, I found myself in a producer/project manager role at a brand strategy firm in San Francisco and worked on website development, book projects, films, and many different kinds of advertising campaigns. All the while I was shooting events and engagement photos on the weekend. After applying to ICP and quitting my job, I spent a few months traveling and volunteering in South America before moving to NYC!

8:00 a.m. Last night the school was open late to full-time students, so I’m still sleeping!

8:30 a.m. Shower, breakfast

10:00 a.m. Waiting for the train. Call the framer to confirm my art for the exhibition is ready to pick up. Call my print lab – the film I dropped off last night won’t be ready until after class.

11:00 a.m. To the framers. The pieces look great, but I notice some dust behind the glass. I wait while they take them apart and put them back together. Take a cab to ICP so I don’t dent the frames on the subway. So excited to drop them off (and 5 days early)!

12:00 p.m.  I have a few hours before class, so I go to a cafe to work on my artist statement and project title.

2:00 p.m – 6:00 p.m. Seminar: no one is showing images, today is all about writing. We give feedback on the text that will accompany our art on the wall for the exhibition. Later we receive the list of editors, gallery representatives, and agencies that will be at Career Day. Scary and exciting!

6:00 p.m.  Pick up my film in Chelsea, back to ICP to scan the negatives

9:00 p.m.  To a cafe to fine-tune my wall text, which is due first thing in the morning.

12:00 a.m. On the train home and to bed

Rodrigo Rosenthal – GS 12 – Brazil

Age: 33
Hometown: Sao Paulo, Brazil

What were you doing before ICP?  

Before ICP, I was working as a commercial photographer in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Shooting mostly corporate and editorial assignments. I developed a deeper sense of artistic vision and personal work within this year at ICP.

7:00 a.m. Too early for me…

8:00 a.m. It’s time. If I am feeling energetic – which depends whether I stayed in ICP late last night or not – I try to hit the gym.

8:30 a.m. Still in the gym…or bed.

9:00 a.m. Shower and go!

10:00 a.m. First lecture of the day – 10 to 1. Color lab! Darin Mickey and his colorful personality makes it fly by. A little magenta…Subtract 3 magenta. This reverse stuff, at first, messes with your head.

1:00 p.m. Lunch time: Crave and Spirulina!

2:00 p.m. Back to work, dude. Seminar: time to get some feedback. Not always easy… but it builds your character. It will make you a better artist. Guaranteed.

4:00 p.m. Coffee break…

6:00 p.m. End of seminar. Time for some tough choices: you either go home and read some text for the next day/week or stay in the digital media lab until 9 and work/print your images.

9:00 p.m. Time to go home, before my wife decides she no longer misses me…

11:30 p.m. to 12:00 a.m.: Call it a day. There’s always tomorrow.

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