Tearsheet: Gerrymandering Hackathon for Wired


I recently photographed a gerrymandering hackathon at Tufts University for Wired. The hackathon was put on by the Metric Geometry and Gerrymandering GroupMetric Geometry and Gerrymandering Group, a Boston-based group of mathematicians, coders, and policy wonks, who develop tools and methods for analyzing US voting districting. This was a challenging shoot, no doubt about it. I've photographed other hackathons before and they often something physical for the participants to work on--circuitboards, VR systems, etc. This one was purely computational: There were 15 people in a small room, all staring at computers. Nevertheless, a challenge like that is always fun.

You can read the article, by Issie Lapowsky, at Wired.com: "What I Learned At Gerrymandering Summer Camp"

Thanks to Ruby at Wired for calling me for the shoot!

China zoo image in Good Planet’s TERRA Exhibition in Paris

One of my images, seen at left of a tiger laying motionless in the zoo in Beijing, China, has been included in GoodPlanet Foundation's TERRA exhibition in Paris, France, currently on view. You can see my image as it's displayed in the picture of the exhibition installation above by Valeska Grafenstein.

Other photographers included in the exhibition include: Art Wolfe, Frans Lanting, Li Gang, Vincent Munier, Cyril Ruoso, Philippe Bourseiller, Daniel Sulivan, Solvin Zanki, Jurgen Freund, Francis Latreille, Suzi Esztheras, Octavio Aburto, Brent Stirton, Daniel Beltra, Doug Perrine.

If you read French, you can read a bit about the exhibition at GoodPlanet's website.

Thanks to the team at GoodPlanet including Camila and Eric who handled everything with my picture in the exhibition. Wish I could see it in person!

Tearsheet: WWE Champion Jinder Mahal for the New York Times


Last week, I spent a couple hours backstage and ringside for a New York Times profile of the current World Wrestling Entertainment Champion Jinder Mahal. Thanks to Ariana for the assignment and for the great play in the 19 August 2017 New York Times Arts Section. I believe this is the largest color picture I've had in the Times: one full-frame six-column picture on the section front, another six-column cropped image inside, and then a handful of other images to round out the print edition.

You can read the article and see a few more pictures here:How Jinder Mahal, an Indian WWE Star, Is Turning Up the Heat.

Tearsheet: Looking at Old Faithful for Topic


In July 2017 I traveled to Yellowstone for a short vacation. Before leaving, David at Topic (with whom I'd previously worked when he was at the Asia Society) got in touch about doing a piece for their ongoing "Reaction" series of people looking at something extraordinary. We came up with the idea to photograph people looking at Old Faithful, and the end result has now been published at Topic. It was a fun way to spend an afternoon, despite the heat and difficulty getting in front of crowds anxious to get a view of the geyser.

You can see more images from the shoot at Topic's website: "Staring Into the Face of Old Faithful."

Travel June 29 – July 17: Washington and Montana


I'll be in Washington state and Montana from June 29 to July 17, 2017, with some availability for assignments. Approximate dates are June 29 - July 5 in Richland, WA, and July 5 - 15 in Montana, including Yellowstone, Missoula, Great Falls, and points in between.

The image above is from May 2017 near Swan Lake, MT.

Hope Hicks/Trump in Paris Match, Mujer Hoy, Dipiù Weekly, and Marie Claire


One of my pictures of Hope Hicks sitting at a diner table with then-candidate Donald Trump during the 2016 New Hampshire primary campaign was published in early 2017 by Paris Match, Mujer Hoy (Spain), Dipiù Weekly (Italy), and in June 2016 in Marie Claire (US). Here, you can see the image as it appeared in Paris Match.

The image was initially shot on assignment for the Wall Street Journal, but it's great to see it get some life outside the initial publication. Thanks to all of the editors for getting in touch and using my work!

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