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.
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.
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.
It's always nice to find a new use for an old picture. In this case, Chelsea from Time needed images of guns for a feature called "The New Politics of Gun Control" (← paywalled). I had some images from a gun range that I photographed during the 2016 New Hampshire presidential primary earlier this year, and it ended up as an almost double-truck in the Sept. 12-19, 2016, issue of Time.
I had a funny way of first seeing the image in print: I was getting on a plane in Zagreb, Croatia, after participating in the Organ Vida Festival, and had been bumped to first class for some reason. The flight attendant asked if I wanted any newspapers, but only had Croatian newspapers. I asked if there were any English-language publications and she disappeared to check. She came back with the International New York Times and a copy of Time magazine containing this story and my picture. I'm not sure I've ever been handed a copy of one of my own pictures quite like that.
Thanks to Chelsea and Croatia Airlines!
From Aug. 1 to 14, 2016, I traveled with Bloomberg reporter Esmé E. Deprez, I traveled by Greyhound bus from Philadelphia to Los Angeles, speaking to people we met along the way about their lives and the upcoming election. The final dispatch posted on Friday, and you can scroll down for the rest of our work over the trip. You can also see me in a short video by Griffin Hammon that aired on Bloomberg/MSNBC's With All Due Respect on Aug. 12, 2016 (starting at about 39:30; also available on youtube and embedded below).
I've never done anything quite like this, so it was a bit of an experiment. I'm particularly proud of the work I did and also that it accompanies such excellent reporting by Esmé. The work will hopefully serve as an addition to the work I've been doing on the 2016 election, broadening it's scope to look at voters across the country. For more photos, especially take a look at our post from Denver featuring short interviews and portraits I did with voters in Lexington, Nebraska, and on the bus from there to Denver, or the post from Las Vegas.
Last week, I traveled to Washington DC to cover MSNBC's White House Correspondents Association Dinner after party for MSNBC. It was a surreal and exhausting experience, but I'm really happy with the edit that MSNBC published. Thanks to Amy and Rebecca and the rest of the MSNBC photo team for the assignment and edit, and to Diana and Rachel and the rest of the crew on the ground that made access to the party a breeze.
You can see the pictures online here: The glitz and glamour of the White House Correspondents' Dinner
And here's a 360 moving still image of me at the end of the night (about 3:30am) and thinking about the prospect of editing pictures to get published a few hours later.