All posts tagged “GS 2012

Adhat Campos – Alumnus GS 12 – Mexico

Adhat Campos – Alumnus GS 12 – Mexico

Adhat Campos

What have you been doing since graduating from the General Studies Program?
Besides being a teaching assistant, I immediately started working on photo gigs from Craigslist and the ICP alumni opportunities list to survive. I also met a couple of music photographers at ICP who introduced me to the music scene. I started assisting them at concerts and photo shoots. I also looked for a portrait studio because I was curious about how that business works, and because my final project at ICP was portraiture. So I started assisting at Seliger Studios, and that helped me understand how light can really work to your benefit: it’s your prime material, and its look and style reinforces your conceptual statement. I just started feeling really curious about light, how it works (monetarily, conceptually, psychologically, physically), and how it affects other art disciplines.

Before coming to ICP, I had been working as a still photographer in cinema, and now I’m looking to go back to films and re-establishing connections in the cinematographic world.

What impact has the experience of going through the ICP program had on you?
Besides leaving my house and my anxiety behind? I think these are the first two years of my life when I really just focused on me. It allowed me to see photography with a psychological perspective, and that´s what is most interesting to me about this discipline. The fact that you can show your traumas and desires in two-dimensional form gives you a clue to knowing yourself (and the other lunatics in the room). I got inspired by some of the people that I got to know through ICP: their work and their way of thinking was almost the same as their way of living. It showed me the possibility of the change that can happen when you get out of your family pollution (even if you have the best family ever).

Is there anything that has surprised you subsequent to graduation?
Your life can change with just one email: a few sentences and a little spread of emotions, decently edited in a PDF. Now I understand too what it means when artists try to protect their art photography from assignments. I can see the importance of the blueprint of a conceptual project and how it can have a real impact on a human mind. I couldn´t see it before because I didn´t have an art background and it took me a while to understand this new way of thinking.

What would you say to people contemplating applying to the program?
Everything that you believe about photography, everything that you think that you want it to be, will be slaughtered, and you will have to build it again (like in a good revolution). I remember one day, Darin Mickey said in the color darkroom, “we are very lucky, guys, we are very lucky to be here on a Monday at 10 in the morning, and we are just talking about photography. Not everyone can do that.” The fact that you can show your work every day, and see and hear different opinions about other projects, makes you think twice about what are you doing. It helps give you be more deliberate in establishing a connection, feeling and trying to figure out the best way to tell that special story that you are living.

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Alumni & Faculty News – Diana Rangel, Brad Farwell

Diana Rangel (GS, 2012) and faculty member Brad Farwell were highlighted in the Star Tribune’s feature of Alec Soth’s Summer Camp for Socially Awkward Storytellers. Check it out!

24/7 – Rodrigo Rosenthal – GS 12 – Brazil

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Rodrigo Rosenthal
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.

7am: Too early for me…

8am: 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.

8:30am: Still in the gym…or bed.

9am: Shower and go!

10am: 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.

1pm Lunch time: Crave and Spirulina!

2pm: 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.

4pm: Coffee break…

6pm: 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.

9pm: Time to go home, before my wife decides she no longer misses me…

11:30pm to 12am: Call it a day. There’s always tomorrow.

24/7 – Eileen Roche – GS 12 – USA

Eileen Roche

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!

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

8:30am: Shower, breakfast

10am: 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.

11am: 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)!

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

2pm – 6pm: 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!

6pm: Pick up my film in Chelsea, back to ICP to scan the negatives

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

12am: On the train home and to bed

24/7 – Kenneth Pizzo – GS 12 – USA


Kenneth Pizzo
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.

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

8am: 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.

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

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

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

11:30am: 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.

1pm: 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.

2pm: 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.

3pm: Two prints done. Just tweaking images that are nearly completed.

4pm: Help a classmate with a zine layout.

5pm: Four prints done.

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

9pm: Leave the lab feeling satisfied. Head home.

9:30pm: 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 pm to 12am: Exhausted but got a lot done, ready for 10 months of hard work to be critiqued tomorrow…feeling confident.