Tearsheet: George Church and his lab for Norway’s Morgenbladet

I photographed Harvard and MIT geneticist George Church a couple of months ago for the Norwegian news-weekly Morgenbladet. His work is fascinating--he's contributed to targeted gene editing such as CRISPR (and a newer method he thinks is better) and cloning the DNA of the woolly mammoth (soon to be a major motion picture)--and it was a joy to sit in on the interview and work alongside Morgenbladet writer Jon Kåre Time.

We were a bit unsure what sort of access we'd have for the piece, but thanks to the lab for being so open, I was able to get enough pictures for the cover (at left) and across 8 pages inside the magazine. I wish I could read the reporting, but if you happen to speak Norwegian and subscribe to Morgenbladet, you can read the online version here. There are a few images online that didn't appear in print.

I've got many more photos in my archive from my short time in the lab with George Church, his lab's staff philosopher and bioethicist Jeantine E. Lunshof, and the rest of the researchers.

A big thanks to Christina and Jon at Morgenbladet, Jonno for passing the job along to me, and Church's assistant and lab staff for being so accommodating to us.

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!

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."

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!

Trump images in Esquire UK


I'm a bit late in posting about this, but 2 of my images of then-candidate Donald Trump campaigning in New Hampshire last year were published in the January/February 2017 issue of Esquire UK. You can see the two spreads above.

Thanks to Henny at Esquire UK for giving me this great play. The pictures accompany an interesting essay by David Thomson entitled "Believe Me! A Letter From America." which unfortunately doesn't appear to be easily accessible online.

Though this is my first time in Esquire UK, a big chunk of the project was published in the February 2016 Esquire US issue as a portfolio.

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