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NYer Of The Week: Jim Interlicchio Shows Aspiring Photographers How To Capture The World Through Their Lens

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This week's New Yorker gives aspiring disabled photographers the chance to show us the city through their lens. NY1's John Schiumo filed the following report.

Sixteen years ago, Jim Interlicchio started a photography club for the residents he serves as the Activities Coordinator for the Cerebral Palsy Associations of New York State.

"I've always been passionate about photography and I just wanted to share that with the folks that I work with," Interlicchio says.

Interlicchio says he wanted to bring photography to those who may not have had the opportunity to explore it themselves.

"There aren't a lot of programs out there, as a matter of fact, there is only one vendor that makes that adaptive camera so it’s very frustrating," he says. "I work with folks that have a variety of abilities and disabilities and its my job to really make photography accessible to them."

But there's more going on behind the camera.

"If it wasn't for him, I wouldn't be a great photographer, which I am today," Angel Rodriguez says. "I’m just going to put everything behind me and just take whatever picture comes to mind -- and it's fun."

"It does give them focus, it takes them away, it transports them for a little while when they are here," Interlicchio says. "It's a self esteem builder, there is teamwork involved."

After spending time out in the field, the photographers return to the edit suite where they critique each others' work.

All of them are eager to see the results.

"That picture that you see there I took," Charles Scaturro says. "I looked at myself on the camera and I took a picture of myself."

"The picture has everything in it but the cloud tells me something, it was like dark and it was rainy, so I really think I like that picture," Rodriguez says.

"I've learned as much if not more, honestly, from them. Just from watching them work," Interlicchio says. "They don’t have any preconceived ideas about what is a good photograph, they just know what they want and they just go for it."

So, for giving these aspiring photographers the opportunity to show us the world through their lens, Jim Interlicchio is our New Yorker of the Week.

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