All posts tagged “GS 2013

24/7 – Claudia Retegan – GS 13 – Romania


Claudia Retegan
Age: 28

Hometown: Romania

What were you doing before ICP?

Before ICP, I took a sabbatical year off working in advertising. It was an opportunity for me to realize what I really wanted for myself both on a personal and professional level. Having studied Graphic & Communication Design in the U. K. and working for another 3 years as an art director, my roots lie deep in advertising and graphic design. Before I moved to NYC, I was living in Bucharest, a city of contrasts. I had a cute, fluffy cat named Dante who I miss very much!  I used to love riding my bike everyday, going through Bucharest’s notoriously chaotic traffic.

9am: It’s hard to wake up. I stayed late last night in ICP, printing in the darkroom. Time for a quick shower? Nah.

10am: Ran to a copy shop that Per recommended to print the first copies of ‘Blame it On Your Parents.’

11:30am: Got to ICP and flattened the prints I made the day before.

12:30pm: Lunch at the Japanese place close to school. Miso soup and salmon sushi.

1pm: Just heard Aperture is coming for career day. I tried to sign up for it but all places were already taken 😦

1:30pm: Meeting with Allen Frame for help with sequencing  before career day. It’s always so good to meet Allen. Greatest voice ever.

2:15pm: Returned the Polaroid camera to the cage. It’s the last day to return cameras. Kay was there, she saved my ass as usual.

2:30pm: On my way to Chelsea. It’s the last seminar so Marina is taking us to see some shows to take some pressure off and take a break from thinking about portfolio printing

3pm: Yossi Milo Gallery, catching up with the group. I hope I didn’t miss out too much in Aperture since I had already been to the Martin Parr opening. Takuma Nakahira’s show is really inspiring, a clutter of images snaps of a place and time with a deliberately fucked up aesthetic.  

4pm: ICP Triennial. Luis Molina Pantin and AK Burns, two artists in the exhibition, [resent their work. It’s always nice to see how other artists talk about their work.

5pm:Back to class for the last seminar critique. It’s getting sentimental here. I’m going to miss this next year.

7pm:It’s raining outside. We stop for wine and cheese on the way to Travi’s place.

8pm: Post-seminar get-together chez Travi. Some people cooked. Vinni couldn’t come but he sent pizza. Marina’s making mojitos. We talk about past years and life after ICP

11pm: We are the last leaving the party, Martina, Kasumi, Alex, Dan, and I. We go to Brooklyn for a beer. Hell, why not? It’s not like I’m going to get any work done tonight. We end up in the Lucky Dog. Who walks in the door? Francesco, former ICP student! We both love the darkroom. Tonight, we love beer.


Alumni & Faculty News – Athena Torri, Darin Mickey, Flemming Ove Bech, Spencer Tunick, Lara Tabet

Ann Woo PJ08 , Athena Torri GS10, faculty member Barry Stone, Daniel Kukla PJ08 , faculty member Darin Mickey, and Flemming Ove Bech GS09 are in the group show Blog Re-Blog at Signal, Brooklyn, August 2 – 11

Spencer Tunick GS90 is in the group show The Good, The Bad and The Visionary at The Chapel of Jimmy Ray Gallery, La Cieneguita, Mexico, August 3

Lara Tabet GS13 is a Juror Pick for the Daylight Magazine Photo Awards 2013

24/7 – Huguette Ampudia – GS 13 – Mexico


Huguette Ampudia
Age: 36
Hometown: Mexico

What were you doing before ICP?
I was a freelance portrait, architecture and wedding photographer in Mexico City.

7am: Sleeping.

8am: Snooze my alarm clock a couple of times, thinking I’m not a morning person and I prefer afternoon classes.  Get up, take a shower, get dressed, have my morning milkshake, brush my teeth and smear sunblock all over my face.

9am: Of course I don’t leave the apartment until after a quarter past 9 so it’s too late to take the subway, it takes 10 minutes to find a cab and now I’m $18 short.

10am:  Fashion class with Frank Franca, putting something totally different on the wall from what I was going to shoot because I couldn’t find a male model so I had to go in a different direction.

11am: Fashion class critique, with a 15 minute break to have another cigarette.

12pm: More critique and Frank’s slides, where he shows us how it’s possible to mix fashion and fine art photography.

1pm: Lunch break. I’m not hungry, but I think it might be better to go to Crave to buy a sandwich. I leave Crave with only a coffee and go hang out on the stairs to catch up with Carmen before we go to class.

2pm: Per Gylfe’s Fine Art Printing class. Working on my portfolio, making prints and hanging them on the wall. Everybody is going crazy, so there is a lot of stuff there, and it’s hard to find a spot to put the prints.

3pm: Still in class, no break, no time for it.

4pm: Worrying that I only have one more hour to print and I would like to ask Per his opinion about my portfolio.

5pm: We have half an hour extra with Per, and it’s worth it! I’m a very happy camper to be able to make one more print.

6pm: I remember that I haven’t eaten. But I now Crave is closed and I want my sandwich. The weather is nice so I walk to Grand Central, and I take the 4 or 5 train to 86th and Lexington.

7pm: Finally home, I still haven’t eaten anything, but I go to the back yard to sit and have a cigarette. I think that if I have to move in July I’m going to miss my garden a lot. I don’t want to think about leaving or classes ending because I’ll get sad, so I shake the thoughts out of my head and remember I have to eat something.

8pm: In the fridge I only have milk and large format film, so I have to go to the supermarket. I walk to Fairway, I buy everything I need and a lot that I don’t, and head back home with more bags that I can handle. I would like to go out and have a drink, but everyone is busy or lives in Brooklyn, far from the Upper East Side.

9pm: I make a tuna sandwich, and another mental list of everything I forgot to buy at the supermarket. My phone rings: it’s the Friday call from my best friend, who lives in Chicago.

10pm: Time for a Netflix or iTunes movie or series.

11pm: Freaking out cause I don’t have business cards, web page or leave behinds, so I plug my hard drive to the computer, but I’m so tired and still hungry so I make another tuna sandwich.

12am: I am still without a web page, business cards or leave behind, and there are too many questions in my head! Thinking about how many hours I can sleep if I want to have an early Saturday start and if I can go to ICP and work there instead. Visualizing my self in the lab during Sunday late night hours.  Maybe I’m forgetting something, so I check my phone again, calendar, notes and reminders, nothing there, so I go to Instagram and upload a couple of photos. Last cigarette before I brush my teeth and go to sleep and realize I have insomnia!!!

Student Work – Jheming Hsu

Jheming Hsu – GS 13 – Taiwan

For me photography is a very private thing. Even if we are in the same space, or walk on the same street in the same city, we perceive what’s around us in our own private way. By sharing our photos we share this perception with everyone. Very often we reveal more than we expect through the photos. People read them in their own private way, too.

Student Work – Mark Zaharis

Mark Zaharis – GS 13 – USA

The photograph can allow us to experience something that perhaps we ourselves did not live through. It can give us an insight into friends that we do not know, views that we cannot see, opinions that we do not share, and into a life that we do not live. It can expand our view of the world in a split second, or narrow it down to one fine point in just as much time.

A photograph doesn’t simply allow us to see the world through someone else’s eyes. It gives us a fleeting glimpse into the experiences behind those eyes. It provides an opportunity for both the photographer and the viewer to come to an understanding about a subject, to create a shared emotion. This is what I love about making photographs; the connection I have with a person I’ve never met, knowing that they are experiencing an emotion that is mine with all of the intensity as if it were their own. I’ve yet to come across a stronger way to convey a message that I feel important, than allowing someone to experience for themselves.

Student Work – Lara Tabet

Lara Tabet – GS 13 – Lebanon

I have come to be fascinated by the idea of surveillance camera footage as it relates to collective memory, history, and power. My experiences with these modes of recording echo strongly with my homeland Beirut, its intentionally negligent approach to its own history, and the control of personal, public, and intimate space. I use surveillance footage in a context of intimacy as I photograph my lover, highlighting the thin line between the political and the erotic. I wish to continue in striving to capture these unknown spaces, caught between sojourn and homeland, loss and remembrance, identity and exile, public and private, intimacy and omniscience.

Student Work – Alex Morvan

Alex Morvan – GS 13 – France

HALF LIFE (a video games diary / September to December 2012)

I have portrayed myself playing the role of different male archetypes featured in the video games I found in an apartment, which I was subletting. And these portraits are in dialogue with the landscapes of those worlds.I wanted to question the role and implications of playing with what has become one of the most prevalent forms of entertainment in the past 20 years. Does one have to totally forget oneself in order to enjoy them or can one stay oneself when playing and keep a certain distance with the game?

The landscape presented are often blurry as an expression that the games mostly prevent you from standing still.

This project represents a personal journey through these lands, a sort of reaction against what the games command.

Student Work – Jan Cieslikiewicz

Jan Cieslikiewicz – GS 13 – Poland

I have amassed a relatively large archive of photographs over the last couple of years. Last fall I spent time working with this archive in a more deliberate way.  What emerged is a story of escape from the daily grind of a modern lifestyle. It is a partly fictional, partly documentary body of work about finding solace in nature, adventure and a journey. The photographs were taken on a series of trips around the world, as well as in New York, but they are not about specific locations, but rather about a state of mind.