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Athena Torri – Alumna GS10 – Italy, USA

Athena Torri – Alumna GS 10 – Italy, USA

What have you been doing since graduating from the General Studies Program?
Since my year with the General Studies Program was my Junior year of undergrad at Ringling College of Art and Design, I am currently completing my Senior year, working on my Thesis which is a continuation of the work I began at ICP. I have also been employed through a design firm, photographing for a magazine called Perspectives.

What impact has the experience of going through the ICP program had on you?
The most significant impact came from the people. I left New York City with a huge support group. Not only from the students I shared my year with but also from alumni, faculty and the constant flow of photographers that use the ICP facilities. It was remarkable to be surrounded by people that have a similar passion. It’s a very competitive and fast environment. I think this changed my life significantly and it certainly changed the way I view photography.

Is there anything that has surprised you subsequent to graduation?
Yes. Going in I never thought I would have learned and grown as much as I did in a year. I actually didn’t even realize how much everything changed until it was over. During the year things go really fast and a lot of information is thrown at you. Finally, after a few months of being away it hits you. It is a great feeling.

What would you say to people contemplating applying to the program?
It is a great opportunity for anyone who is serious about photography or art. It is a challenge that will shape you as a photographer and help you expand. I think everyone I shared my year with entered as one person and left as another. It was remarkable to see everyone grow and change into their new identities as photographers.

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Noura Al-Salem – Alumna GS10 – USA

Noura Al-Salem – Alumna GS 10 – USA

What have you been doing since graduating from the General Studies Program?
I have been trying to find a good life/work balance and figuring out my own schedule for making art outside of the structure of school. For the most part I freelance several jobs, both photo related and not, as well as apply for grants. I am also planning various projects, both photo and video which I will be working on in the UK and the Middle East over the next few months. Finally, I am creating a portfolio to apply to MFA programs in the coming year.

What impact has the experience of going through the ICP program had on you?
The year at ICP resulted in an intense amount of change and growth in my work, which made me see so clearly the value of struggle while figuring out how to make successful work. Since graduating, this lesson has really impacted my entire life in many ways and definitely for the better. So much that used to seem daunting, whether it be making new work or even learning an instrument, is now something that I am eager to work through to reach the other side. Being at ICP also really re-awakened my enthusiasm for art. Not only for making it, but also viewing and especially discussing it with others. I left the program with a strong group of fellow artists who share my passion for photography and keep me excited about it.

Is there anything that has surprised you subsequent to graduation?
The thing that has been the most surprising since graduating was the discovery of how many new skills I gained while at ICP. Because the program is so intensive, it can be hard to see how much information you are absorbing. Since leaving, more and more situations arise in which I discover that I know something I didn’t even realize I had learned.

What would you say to people contemplating applying to the program?
Do it! It will be a long and arduous year, but at the end the sense of accomplishment is huge. ICP is also a place that welcomes you back year after year and to have a supportive community behind you can sustain you through the most difficult parts of your artistic life going forward – for that reason alone I would recommend it.

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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.