Jūrmala, Latvia - 2004
From May 5-16, I'm taking my first international trip since the start of the pandemic and going to the Baltics, starting first in Riga, Latvia, and then Estonia. I first traveled in the region in 2004, when I just starting out with a camera and had a backpack full of hand-rolled tri-x and kodachrome(!). I was in Lithuania for Kaunas Photo Festival in 2016, but sadly didn't travel any further northward that year. Looking forward to exploring a new place for a couple weeks. After that I'll be back in Boston doing regular assignment work around New England.
My photo of storm damage south of Boston for the New York Times, has been Selected for inclusion in American Photography 38 book. It's always such a joy to have work recognized in the book, and honor I've had for the past 7 years (My work has previously been recognized by the organization in American Photography 37, 36, 35, 34, 33, 32, and 30.) The image was first published on the New York Times front page of the Oct. 28, 2021 edition.
From the announcement: From over 7,000 entries, the jury SELECTED 393 images by the jury to appear in the book and represent the best pictures from 2021. The American Photography 38 winning collection represents over 224 of the industry's best photographers. The jury this year included: Samir Abady, The Wall Street Journal; Dudley Brooks, The Washington Post Magazine; Shahrzad Elghanayan, NBC News; Gail Fletcher, Guardian; Jeanne Graves, Fast Company; Whitney Matewe, TIME; Michele Romero, PhotoRehab; Elijah S. Walker, New York Times; Amy Wolff, Hearst Enthusiast Group; Nili Zadok, Executive Producer
A big thank you to Sarah, Jennifer, and Maura at the NYT for the assignment, support, and placement on the front page; to this year's jury of American Photography; and to Mark and the rest of the team at American Photography who makes it all run.
It was such a wonderful and exciting surprise to find my photos on two New York Times front pages last month, a first in my career. Both images were below the fold, but it's such an honor to have my work featured so prominently in the paper. The two issues were the Oct. 10, and Oct. 28, national editions featuring coverage of Boston's mayor race and damage in New England after a powerful Nor'easter storm blew through the region.
Thanks to the editors and designers, as always!
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