Two images Selected for American Photography 33

Outside the Palm Beach Republican Club headquarters. West Palm Beach, Florida. October, 2016. Shot on assignment for Stern. Photo editor: Angelika Hala.

Outside the Palm Beach Republican Club headquarters. West Palm Beach, Florida. October, 2016. Shot on assignment for Stern. Photo editor: Angelika Hala.

Interview with then-candidate Donald Trump. Manchester, New Hampshire. January 2016. Shot on assignment for the Wall Street Journal. Photo Editor: Alexander Cohn.

Interview with then-candidate Donald Trump. Manchester, New Hampshire. January 2016. Shot on assignment for the Wall Street Journal. Photo Editor: Alexander Cohn.


Two of my images have been "Selected" as winners in the American Photography 33 competition and will be included in the organization's annual book of what they call "the best original, thoughtful and compelling pictures" of 2016. The images selected were part of my ongoing coverage of the 2016 presidential election. The first, above, was from an assignment in Florida in October 2016 for German newsmagazine Stern, assigned by their New York photo editor Angelika Hala. The second image included was from an assignment to cover what was supposed to be an exclusive interview with Donald Trump in advance of the New Hampshire Primary for the Wall Street Journal, assigned by photo editor Alexander Cohn.

The jury for this year's competition included: Kate Bubacz, Senior Photo Editor, BuzzFeed News; Jeff Campagna, Photo Editor, Smithsonian Magazine; Bailey Franklin, Director of Photography, Variety; Amy Kellner, Associate Photo Editor, The New York Times Magazine; Christopher Martinez, Digital Creative Director, VP, Barneys New York; Michele Outland, Co-Founder and Creative Director, Gather Journal; and Patrick Witty, Deputy Director of Photography, National Geographic.

Thanks to both the jury and especially to Angelika and Alex for assigning me for these stories.

Last year, one of my pictures, of Bernie Sanders' presidential campaign, was included in the book, and in 2014, one of my pictures, again from a Wall Street Journal assignment, was "chosen" for online slideshow.

Worst Party featured in Hant Magazine


HANT - Magazin für Fotografie published a portfolio of my work from the 2016 presidential election in their eighth issue, which came out in November 2016. I wasn't familiar with the magazine before they approached me, but it's one I'll keep an eye on; each issue prints a wide variety of boundary-pushing photography from around the world and it's beautifully designed and printed. The magazine was awarded in the 2016 Visual Leader awards in Germany last year, alongside other leading publications including Der Spiegel, Zeit, Stern, Dummy, and others. They published a handful of pictures from "This is the worst party I've ever been to." over 8 pages in the magazine, and you can see the spreads above.

Thanks to Dominik Bönisch, Alexander Grüner, and the rest of the team there for including me in such wonderful company.

It might be difficult to get a copy of the magazine, but you can see some photos of spreads throughout the issue at the HANT website.

Tearsheets: Philippe Douste-Blazy’s campaign for WHO Director-General for M, Le Monde’s weekend magazine


A couple months ago I had a fascinating opportunity to follow around French politician Philippe Douste-Blazy as he campaigned around Harvard University's School of Public Health in a bid (ultimately unsuccessful) to become the World Health Organization's Director-General for an assignment for M, the weekend magazine of the French newspaper Le Monde. It was a quick succession of one meeting after another in sterile classroom settings. I was thankful for instructions from my editor Laurence to use the technique I've been working on in my project on American politics, This is the worst party I've ever been to., as a way of cutting past the surface level of a politician politicking, albeit in a much different arena than I'm used to.

Douste-Blazy has been, at various times: a member of European parliament; the French Minister of Health; the French Minister of Culture; mayor of Toulouse, France, French Minister of Foreign Affairs, Under-Secretary-General, Special Adviser on innovative Financing for Development in the United Nations; and chairman of UNITAID. While this campaign at Harvard was on a much smaller scale than either he or I have seen before, the glad-handing and speechifying was very familiar territory.

You can see the two spreads above, published in the 14 January 2017, issue of the magazine, or, if you read French, can check out the article online. I haven't seen the print edition of the magazine yet, but I'm told I was listed up front in the "contributor" section, as well.

Thanks to Laurence and the rest of the team at Le Monde for letting me do my thing on this story.

Interview and images in British Journal of Photography

A big thank you to Simon Bainbridge and the rest of the crew at the British Journal of Photography for featuring my work on the 2016 election in the November issue of the British Journal of Photography. There were a handful of images published across 5 pages (seen here) in the print edition, and more online.

I haven't seen the print copy in person yet, so I haven't gotten to see the other half of the feature with Greg Miller's beautiful project "We The People," but you can check it out on his website or the BJP site.

Election night with Donald Trump for Bloomberg Businessweek

I spent election night covering Donald Trump's rally for Bloomberg Businessweek. You can see the results in these spreads from the Nov. 14-20, 2016, issue of the magazine. There are additional images on the Bloomberg website: Inside Election Night at the Trump and Clinton Parties: Photos of shocked joy and stunned silence as the results came in.

What we know now that I didn't know then, was that Trump would win the election that night. The plan from the get-go was to have two covers, one from Clinton's rally and one from Trump's, each focusing on supporters. We thought my coverage would be of disappointed Trump supporters, but halfway through that really long night, it became apparent that I was covering a victory celebration. My friend Jonno Rattman, a photographer you should check out if you don't know his work, covered Clinton, and it was an honor to share the election night coverage with him. Check out the two covers side-by-side. His pictures are also seen next to mine in two of the 4-image spreads included here, and he had a couple of additional double-trucks not shown here.

A huge thank you to Clinton and Eugene (with whom I worked on the Bus to November project), and the wonderful designers and other editors at Bloomberg Businessweek. They had a great plan for the coverage going into the final day, and then when it all changed at the last minute, provided great support throughout the night and then made a magazine in a few hours on Nov. 9. I so rarely get to see the inner workings of editorial publishing up close, but in this case it was impressive to see it all come together.

BG Press Photo Exhibition in Sofia, Bulgaria

In September 2016, I was invited to Sofia, Bulgaria, by BG Press Photo (БГ Прес Фото) for an exhibition of my work, "This is the worst party I've ever been to.", a couple of lectures, and a workshop and portfolio reviews with Bulgarian photographers, all part of Sofia Photo Fest. It was a great opportunity to bring the work to a new audience. We also got a lot of interest about the exhibition from national press. I spoke to print and television reporters from various national outlets. Embedded below are television interviews with bTV, BNT, and others. There were also print interviews with No Comment, the Union of Bulgarian Journalists, and others.

You can see some images from my exhibition here and read a bit about it all (in Bulgarian) at the BG Press Photo website.

Videos of three television appearances are embedded below, as are facebook posts by BG Press Photo with images from various parts of my participation in the festival.

I could not have had a better time in Bulgaria. There is tremendous talent among the ranks of the Bulgarian press photography community and I'm glad for the opportunity to have seen some of it. Special thanks are due to Denislav Stoychev and Tsvetan Tomchev, whose tireless work make the annual festival happen. They're great guys and I'll always cherish the many hours spent talking and laughing with them. Thanks to Bobi Kirilov and Teodor Todorov for the many hours they spent making sure the exhibition and other events went as planned. And I'm very happy to have gotten time to meet Bulgarian photographers such as Hristo Hristov, Rosina Pencheva, Georgi Paleykov, Georgi Kozhuharov, Anastas Tarpanov, Evegeni Dimitrov and others from his agency BulPhoto, Antonio Georgiev-Hadjihristov, Liyana Pandelieva, and many others.

Thanks also to the generous sponsors of everything: BG Press Photo, the US Embassy in Sofia (and especially Tammy Paltchikov with the State Department), Vivacom, Photo Synthesis, and others. The prints in the exhibition were beautiful, and the opening picture (seen at the top of this entry) is the largest I've ever had a photo printed.



Portfolio Reviews

Exhibition opening

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