There have been very few instances in my life when I could look back on an experience and feel completely fulfilled by the work I was doing and by the peers who surrounded me every day. For the past couple of summers I’ve spent my time in New York wi
thout any specific purpose or project, but have always had an avid love for documentary photography, so spending my summer photographing concerts a few times a week was absolutely perfect. Additionally, I was able to explore New York City in a completely new way, as I frequently commuted to the outskirts of Brooklyn, Queens, the Bronx, and obviously Rumsey Playfield in Central Park. I can definitively say that I observed and
immersed myself in more neighborhoods and communities in the City than I ever have in my 20 years living in downtown Manhattan. One of my favorite memories of the season was photographing EPMD at Herbert Von King Park in Bedford Stuyvesant, Brooklyn. The crowd was overwhelming and everyone was so excited to be there listening to old school hip-hop. Not only was I totally pumped about shooting on stage and getting to know some of the crew, but I loved the energy of the amphitheater and being a part of such a diverse audience.
Although the photography internship functions in a way that allows for the interns to be incredibly independent, I never felt as though my relationship with anyone on the PR team was strained or disconnected. This relationship was essential to the success of the photo and PR departments, as our roles and goals throughout the summer were wholly interconnected. My independence, however, was the one aspect of this experience that most surprised and satisfied me. I expected to report to Georgia multiple times a week, but her constant trust in my abilities motivated me to stay on track, and be self-sufficient and responsible. I will definitely carry this sense of responsibility with me throughout my future working experiences.
Isabel Zimmerman was a Summer 2012 Photography Intern