A week ago, a last-minute phone call ended up turning to my first cover assignment for the Wall Street Journal. The editor called at about 7:45am asking how soon I could be at Seattle’s federal courthouse downtown because cryptocurrency mogul Changpeng Zhao, the CEO of Binance known as “CZ,” would be appearing in court for both him and the company to plead guilty of money-laundering charges. What we thought would be a very quick turnaround turned into a long stakeout waiting for any sign of the businessman and his team. A little after 1pm, CZ appeared and quickly made his way from the building entrance to a vehicle waiting to drive him away. I filed 3 photos and quickly heard back about excitement in the newsroom that it might be the next day’s cover picture. And it was!
View the tearsheet at right of the cover of the Nov. 22, 2023, edition of the Wall Street Journal.
Thanks to Alex for the call and support throughout the day!
I was very excited to see that one of my portraits of the novelist RF Kuang ended up being used as the full-page Books section front in the Guardian Saturday Magazine in the May 20, 2023 edition. It’s a rare treat to get such a huge layout.
Thanks to Lisa Foreman for the call and the design team at the Guardian for making the pictures sing!
Here’s the online version of the article, with a couple different pictures: Rebecca F Kuang: ‘Who has the right to tell a story? It’s the wrong question to ask’
It’s always so fun to see how pictures end up getting used. The team at Forbes just made a wonderful illustration using one of my photos of Asia’s (formerly) richest person Gautam Adani, which been getting a lot of play as the mogul has lost between $50 and $100 billion dollars over the last few weeks. The illustration accompanies one of their Daily Cover stories about the offshore companies run by Gautam Adani’s brother Vinod Adani. I love the concept and the design so much.
Concept by Alicia Hallett-Chan; Illustration by Gracelynn Wan for Forbes; Photos by me (see original at left) and Jose Luis Pelaez Inc/Getty Images.
In the Jan. 3, 2023, edition of the New York Times, a couple of my photos from a recent assignment are the lede images on the Business section front. The story is about a 100+year-old factory that manufactures precise metal wire and pin pieces for the aerospace and medical industries, and the impact that high employee turnover has had on the factory’s production.
Thanks to Jeanne and Crista for the call for the assignment and the editing.
I recently had the opportunity to photograph Sherry Mendelson and her husband to accompany a personal essay she wrote for the Wall Street Journal’s “Encore” section about retirement and aging. It’s a great piece that goes through her feelings on aging after recovering from knee replacement surgeries.
On the left is how the image appeared in print (I think it’s the biggest I’ve had a photo printed in the WSJ!) in the Nov. 17, 2022, edition of the paper, and below you can see a screenshot of the online version, where you can read the article.
Thanks to Johnny for the call and to Sherry and Fred for spending a little time with me on a nice afternoon.
I was very excited to learn that my image of Fidelity CEO Abby Johnson was licensed for the cover of the Summer 2022 issue of the The Pulteney Street Survey, the alumni magazine of Hobart and William Smith Colleges. The magazine was a special issue celebrating the bicentennial of the college.
I recently photographed computer science pioneer Latanya Sweeney for a profile of her and her research for Harvard Kennedy School Magazine’s Summer 2022 issue.
The shoot involved some great brainstorming with the creative team to figure out a way to visualize Sweeney’s research (it’s always a difficult problem to photograph computer science), and we ended up creating the lead image by putting a number of Sweeney’s research images on screens in the Harvard Kennedy School’s AV control room.
With German photographer Peter Jülich, I photographed Hiro Endo, an engineer in central Massachusetts, for the cover and an interior full page of the 2022 magazine of The Dürr Group’s corporate magazine. The shoot took a bit of logistical coordination to achieve the desired art direction of three people in two locations photographed by two photographers to have the same look (with different colors). I took the first photo and got a variety of color options (see below) and then worked with the art director and Peter to help him recreate the same lighting with different colors.
Three archive images from a shoot with Harvard professor Kenneth Rogoff were used in a series of spreads in the April 2022 issue of Swiss magazine Bilanz. It’s always nice to find a new use for old pictures; in this case the portraits were photographed a few years earlier for Quartz (qz.com).
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!)