It's always such an honor to be featured in the American Photography annual, and this year extra special with two images Selected to appear in the American Photography 37 book. The photos feature Democratic candidates Elizabeth Warren and Pete Buttigieg in the last days of the First in the Nation primary and were part of my coverage of the election for Time magazine. A big thanks to Time editors Paul and Kim for their support during the assignment and throughout the election.
The jurors this year included: Arem Duplessis, Jury Chair, Group Creative Director, Apple Inc.; Brian Bantog, Design Director, Nike; Stella Blackmon, Photo Editor, New York Magazine; Jane E. Clark, Photography Director, AARP Media; Vida Cornelious, Executive Creative Director, T Brand Studio/The New York Times; Leslie dela Vega, Director of Visuals, OZY; Natalia Jimenez, Photo Editor, The Washington Post; Gianmaria Schonlieb, Creative Director, Lyft; Philip Brian Tabaus, Photo Editor, Bloomberg Business; Ronda Thompson, Creative Director, Bed Bath and Beyond.
American Photography said this about the contest: "From over 7,000 entries, the jury selected 409 images by a majority vote or better to appear in the book and represent the best pictures from 2020."
The image of Pete Buttigieg's primary-night rally was also selected by Time as one of the Top 100 photos of 2020.
One of my photos, an image from my piece on office plants left behind during the pandemic, was included in the New York Times Business section's 2020 Year in Photos, When Business as Usual Was Turned Upside Down.
I'm particularly proud of the piece, which started as an idea I had during a shower early in the pandemic, and after a successful pitch to the Times, ended up as a full page in the paper, and now it's great to see the work recognized in their year-end wrap-up.
I couldn't be more excited to have one of my images included in TIME's Top 100 Photos of 2020 and the magazine's Best Photojournalism of 2020. It's an image of then-presidential-candidate Pete Buttigieg walking out on stage for his speech on the night of New Hampshire's First in the Nation Primary. He didn't win the primary that night, but came remarkably close, and with the uncertainty of the previous week's Iowa Caucus results, it felt like the Democratic presidential primary could go any way that night. As I remember, it was a really late night, and it took a long time for the event to start. Audience emotions were up and down during the wait. When I saw the stage set-up, I knew exactly where I wanted to be for the entrance, and I think I was the only photographer up there. The room was so full that they almost didn't let me go back into the lower part of the gym, but I finally talked my way back in, but this image of the entrance really told the story. I filed the picture and it was published first on TIME's instagram, if I remember right, and then in an online piece. I'm not sure if it ever made it to print.
I'm a bit ashamed to admit that it wasn't until the next morning, after a bit of rest and a chance to look through the whirlwind of the previous days' work, that I noticed Buttigieg's husband, Chasten Buttigieg absolutely beaming from backstage, a tiny little detail that I feel really makes the picture sing and which wouldn't have been possible to see without my flash. The stage-lights overpowered everything else in the gym, and exposing for that "natural" light makes it all but impossible to see what's happening behind the scenes. In this case, we get to see the pride and joy of a supportive partner at the pinnacle moment of a political campaign.
A huge thanks to Paul, Katherine, Kim, and the rest of the team at TIME for their support both this year and last, and in previous years. I believe this is the second time I've been included in one of TIME's year-end Top Photos of the year lists and it's such a huge honor to be included among so much powerful work by some of the best photojournalists working now. Here's a link to the rest of the work: http://time.com/2020-photos
The image to the right, of Vice President Mike Pence campaigning for President Donald Trump in New Hampshire, was recently selected for inclusion in the American Photography 36 book. It's always such an honor to have my work recognized by the organization and their distinguished panel of judges. From the announcement: "From 7,000 entries, the jury selected only 352 images by a majority vote or better to appear in the book and represent the best pictures from 2019. "
This year, the judges were: Aeriel Brown, Photo Director, Bloomberg Businessweek; Laura Geiser, Photo Producer and Editor; Tara Guertin, Director of Photography, AFAR; Molly Roberts, Photography Editor, Visual Storyteller and Curator; Jolie Ruben, Culture Photo Editor, The New York Times; David Sleight, Design Director, ProPublica.
The picture is part of my work covering the 2020 presidential campaign.
I'm very happy to announce that prints of two of my images, one of a horse in a pasture in Belgrade, Montana, and another of an abandoned car outside Great Falls, Montana, will be up for auction in the annual Spring Photography Auction benefit for the Newswomen's Club of New York, an organization founded in 1922 to support women in New York's newsrooms. Proceeds from the auction go to the organization's educational efforts.
Thanks to Chelsea Matiash for reaching out to me about submitting. From the announcement email, there were about 200 submissions from 65 photographers resulting in a final 60 images selected for the auction. The auction will be held on May 15, 2019, at the Ukrainian Institute in New York.
The image above, of the Rajasthan Astrological Council and Research Institute from a recent trip to Jaipur, Rajasthan, India, was selected for inclusion in Lenscratch's March online exhibition: The Ides Of March: Omens And Predictions Exhibition.
Special thanks to curator/juror Alyssa Coppelman, of Harper's and the Oxford American, and to Aline Smithson for her work behind the scenes at Lenscratch. Congratulations to the other photographers--the selection is a very intriguing group of photos.