Medical cannabis cultivation and packaging for the Wall Street Journal


For a Wall Street Journey story on how legal medical and recreational cannabis has affected the hiring process, I photographed the cultivation and packaging facilities of Garden Remedies' operation in Fitchburg, Massachusetts. A big thanks to Emil for the assignment and to Garden Remedies for being so open to having their facility photographed.

More in my online archive: Medical Cannabis cultivation and production - Legal Marijuana - Garden Remedies - Fitchburg, MA

Toyota’s autonomous vehicle and assisted driving operations for Bloomberg Businessweek


Toyota Connected - Plano, TX

Toyota Research Institute and VP of Automated Driving Research John Leonard - Cambridge, MA

Toyota Connected CEO Zach Hicks - Plano, TX

For Bloomberg Businessweek, I spent a few days in Plano, Texas, and Cambridge, Massachusetts, photographing a profile of Toyota's autonomous vehicle and assisted driving initiatives at Toyota Connected (not far from the Toyota North America headquarters) and the Toyota Research Institute (not far from MIT). A big thanks to Jane Yeomans at the magazine for calling me and trusting me with such a big and challenging shoot, to Katy Rogers and Stewart House for assisting on different parts of the shoot (and BBQ recommendations in the Dallas area!), and to the folks at Toyota for giving us such great access for the story.

Elsewhere on this site, you can see how the story ran in print and online.

Transgender and nonbinary admissions at Mount Holyoke College for the Chronicle of Higher Education


For the Chronicle of Higher Education, I spent a couple of days last fall on the campus of Mount Holyoke College, a historically women's college in South Hadley, Massachusetts, for a story about the school grappling with the issue of admitting transgender and nonbinary identifying students. Thanks to Rose at the Chronicle for the assignment and to students Leo, Kai, and Sarah, and President Sonya Stephens and Vice President for Equity and Inclusion and Chief Diversity Officer Kijua Sanders-McMurtry, for being willing to be photographed for such a sensitive story.

The story, by Nora Caplan-Bricker, is available online to Chronicle subscribers: Who Is a Women’s College For?

Resilient furniture workshop at MIT’s D-Lab for MIT Resource Development


Shooting for MIT's office of Resource Development, I photographed a weekend workshop for a small group of students to build "resilient furniture" at MIT's D-Lab. The furniture was designed to be quick to assemble and easy to stack individual units together. Thanks to Barbara and Marshall at MIT for calling me for the shoot. It's always such a pleasure to photograph activities like this!

Thanks to Hadley Green for assisting on the shoot.

Dr. Michael Holick’s and Ehlers-Danlos syndrome for Pro Publica


I spent a couple of hours with Dr. Michael Holick, a professor and researcher at Boston University, photographing an examination of a woman accused of child abuse and around his cluttered office and lab for ProPublica.

Holick is well-known from his research on Vitamin D--he was responsible for getting the nutrient added to orange juice sold in the United States--and relies on his own controversial theories on Vitamin D deficiency and connections to a rare disease called Ehlers-Danlos syndrome to testify on behalf of those accused of child abuse.

The article on Holick's work is well worth a read: The Child Abuse Contrarian. The piece was also published by the New Yorker.

A big thank you to Jillian at ProPublica for calling me for the assignment. I've always admired ProPublica's work from afar, and it was such a pleasure to get the chance to work with the organization.

Recent articles for World Press Photo Witness


I've continued writing for World Press Photo's Witness online publication over the past year, and it's been a great opportunity to talk with photographers and experts around the world. It's such an honor to contribute to a publication like this.

Here are links to the most recent pieces:

You can also follow me or Witness at Medium to get updates whenever a new piece is published.

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