Published this week in Germany, I have three spreads in issue 12 of Nomad Magazine, a beautifully-designed magazine covering art, architecture, and design. For the story, I photographed Rania Ghosn and El Hadi Jazairy of DESIGN EARTH, a speculative architectural research practice based in Cambridge, Mass. In the first image, they are seen with part of Trash Peaks (2017), an installation including a folding screen, a carpet, and ceramic figures, relating to waste management practices in Seoul, South Korea, presented at the Seoul Biennale of Architecture and Urbanism. is an Associate Professor of Architecture and Urbanism at MIT and Jazairy is an Assistant Professor of Architecture at the University of Michigan and currently Research Scientist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Norman B. Leventhal Center for Advanced Urbanism. You can read the interview online (or in print if you're in Europe and near a good newsstand!)
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!
In the May 10, 2021 issue of Time, my portrait of cartoonist Alison Bechdel accompanies an interview about her work and her latest book, The Secret to Superhuman Strength, which chronicles her lifelong obsession with exercise. A big thanks to Kim Bubello and the rest of the team at Time for the great assignment and great play in print and online.
You can see a few more images from our afternoon in the Vermont woods near her home in the Recent Work section of this site. The images are available to license through Redux.
Last fall I worked on an incredible story about flying cars for Bloomberg's new future of transportation vertical Hyperdrive, published this week. Flying cars are the the perennial just-around-the-corner technology of 1950s dreams, but now there are at least two companies with plans to take their inventions to market, one of which is actively doing test drives and flights in New Hampshire. The reason that New Hampshire has become a focal point of Terrafugia's and Pal-V's flying cars (or "roadable aircraft," officially) is that last year the state passed the so-called Jetson's Bill, the first law of its kind in the United States, which provides a legal framework for regulating the usage of flying cars on roads and in the air in the state.
You can read the article on Bloomberg Hyperdrive now: Libertarians Want to Make New Hampshire a Flying Car Mecca: Can the "live free or die" state help the dream of roadable aircraft take flight?
The January 2021 issue of Germany's Harvard Business Manager magazine included a few of my pictures of office plants abandoned during the pandemic. Thanks to Redux and Laif for working out the licensing!
The Berlin daily newspaper Taz (Tageszeitung) published a selection of photos from my piece on abandoned office plants during the pandemic with one photo each day for the week of November 23 to 27, 2020. I've never seen a photo essay spread across a week like that, and I love it! Thanks to Redux and Laif for making it happen!
My photo of American-flag balloons at the 2017 Women's March after the inauguration of President Donald Trump is the lead image for ARTE magazine's cover story in the October 2020 issue. The magazine is published by the European TV channel ARTE and is available in Germany, Austria, and Switzerland.
A big thanks to Antonia for reaching out about the usage and finding a great way to use this picture!
In the Spring 2020 issue of MIT's beautiful Spectrum magazine, which is widely distributed to the greater MIT community including alumni and donors, I've got a big double-truck featuring a shoot from last year on a student initiative to demonstrate sustainable urban gardening (also published online). As always with the Wide Angle feature spot, the layout demands dictated shooting. The designers always do a wonderful job making the pictures sing while providing a lot of information about the subject matter, but it can be a bit tough trying to fit everything into the frame while leaving substantial space for the text.
At left, also, is how a series of shoots showing SuperUROP collaborators from around the Institute was presented in the July 2020 Spectrum email blast, also available online.
A big thanks, as always, to Beth at Spectrum for the assignments and for help and guidance during the shoots.
What a rare treat it is to get a full page of the New York Times devoted to photos, and even more surreal when it's the end result of letting my mind wander a bit in the shower. I started thinking one day about what happened to all the desk plants left behind when offices were abandoned at the start of the pandemic in March and started making a few calls to see if the interior plant services were still operating during stay-at-home orders.
Thanks to Brent Murray, photo editor for the NYT Sunday Business section, for being receptive to the pitch and supportive throughout the process, to the design team for figuring out what to do with all my verticals, and to the owners and employees of Plantwerks, Cityscapes, and Garden Streets for letting me follow along as they cared for their plants in offices around downtown and suburban Boston.
I'm especially proud of what you can see below, which is my first byline in the Times. I've done assignments for the paper off and on since 2005, but having my name at the top of the piece is a first. I only wish I'd been the one to come up with "Semper Ficus"...
You can see the piece online, as well: Semper Ficus: Who’s Keeping Abandoned Office Plants Alive?