Tearsheet: Jean-Francois Bonnefon for Le Monde


I photographed French economist Jean-Francois Bonnefon for an interview about his research aggregating human responses to moral decisions that might be faced by self-driving cars and other machines with the "Moral Machine" website. His research was published in Nature, and he was photographed in the Scalable Cooperation space at MIT's Media Lab.

Thanks to Laurence, Charlotte, Lucy, and the rest at Le Monde!

Tearsheet: Ted Cruz buttons in Harper’s


I don't normally share small uses of my photos, but I'm too excited to have an image in Harper's not to. This image from a Cruz rally in New Hampshire accompanies Ana Marie Cox's profile of Texas senator Ted Cruz in the Nov. 2018 issue of Harper's.

Thanks to Alyssa for her persistence in finding a place for my photos in the magazine!

Tearsheet: Toyota Connected driverless technology for Bloomberg Businessweek


I spent a couple days in Plano, Texas, and Cambridge, Massachusetts, for a feature on Toyota's driverless vehicle initiative and the Toyota Connected skunkworks for Bloomberg Businessweek. Only two pictures made it into the magazine (see the opening spread above), but quite a few were included in the online presentation of the article.

Big thanks to Jane at Bloomberg Businessweek for the assignment!

Tearsheet: Suzanna Walters photographed for the Chronicle of Higher Education


Tearsheet: Suzanna Walters - photo by M. Scott Brauer for The Chronicle of Higher Education - July 6, 2018

Earlier this summer I photographed Northeastern professor Suzanna Walters for The Chronicle of Higher Education, and I was pleasantly surprised to see it get the full-page treatment in their magazine alongside an interview with Prof. Walters. In addition to being at Professor of Sociology and Professor and Director of the Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program at Northeastern University, she had recently written an op-ed for the Washington Post entitled, "Why can't we hate men?" Here's a link to the online version of the Chronicle's article.

Thanks to Rose at the Chronicle for calling me for the assignment, and thanks to Suzanna for being such an wonderful portrait subject.

Tearsheet: Harvard Medical School Zoo Medicine partnership for the New York Times


It's such a joy to have pictures run full-width on a section front in the New York Times, and this one is extra special with the great play on the jump page, too.

A big thank you to Matt and the design team at the Times for a gorgeous presentation of my work on a story about a partnership between Harvard Medical School and Boston's Franklin Park Zoo. The online presentation is wonderful, too, with huge full-screen images and a large edit.

Tearsheet: Chinese business espionage and AMSC for Le Monde


I spent a couple of days alongside Le Monde reporter Arnaud Leparmentier a few months back on stories about the effect of the Trump administration on American businesses. For the first, we profiled the Massachusetts-based wind turbine controller manufacturer AMSC (previously known as American Superconductor). The company's technology was stolen in 2011 by one of their largest clients, the Chinese wind farm company Sinovel, through means that sound like a cold-war spy thriller. After efforts to break AMSC's software encryption failed, one of their European employees was plied with money and Chinese prostitutes to get access to AMSC's proprietary software.

Due to (understandable) security issues, I couldn't photograph much at the manufacturing plant, but the story is fascinating. We spent an hour or so with CEO Daniel P. McGahn, who estimates that as much as 70% of China's wind turbines run software pirated from AMSC. The initial announcement of the theft, in 2013, resulted in the company losing billions of dollars in market value and it's been a struggle for the company to recover. Both the Obama and Trump administrations have actively lobbied China's government to remedy the situation. Sinovel has been convicted or otherwise found liable for the crime in American, European, and Chinese courts, but AMSC has yet to see any monetary compensation. The company has rebounded, but still has far fewer employees than before the theft.

At left, you can see how the pictures ran in the 10 Feb 2018 edition of the French newspaper.

Thanks to Eric at Le Monde for contacting me for the assignment.

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