I was honored to spend some time talking to the graduating seniors of the Parson BFA program for their portfolio review day. It is always inspiring to see young passionate people making and thinking about their work and I was lucky to spend time talking to these grads about their photo portfolios… congratulations to Alivina Lai, Fan Chen, Abby Nichols, Rachel Dunlop, Sam McKenna, William Jones, Aurelien Nobecourt, and Patricia Lopez.
The artist Amy Friend used one of my photos as the basis for a recent cover and my old employer American Photo wrote about it.
I shot the new Editor’s Note portrait of Harvard Business Review’s Editor-in-Chief Adi Ignatius. It is a pleasure to work with and be around smart articulate people. They know things e.g. what Putin is thinking about Ukraine. Thank you Mr. Ignatius and Mr. Guemple. I managed to sneak in a dinner and a MFA Boston vist with man dude Mr. Full Catastrophe Living.
“Better On Toast: Happiness on a Slice of Bread” by Jill Donenfeld (William Morrow & Company) will be out March 2015. I shot the photos and batted cleanup… why yes, I did eat way too much. There’s no other way to say it: So much bread, so much bread. My wife Kerrilynn (shameless plug: who will soon open CAP Beauty, NYC’s best all natural beauty store and spa in the West Village) joked that Jill’s next book should be called “I’m Sorry (a gluten-free cookbook).” The cover has been released and you can find a copy this spring at your local bookseller… you know, that store in your neighborhood with lots of books and over-educated people debating Roberto Bolaño. (This one is mine.)
I have a handful of pictures in the November 2014 issue of Martha Stewart Living. It is my second shoot for them. The Martha offices hum with people at the peak of their game (e.g. Art Director Jaspal Riyait, Food Editor Shira Bocar, Style Editor Tanya Graff and Photo Editor Linda Denahan) so it is truly an honor to be included. Also Roasted Carrots and Red Quinoa… delicious!
Here’s an outtake of Jill at Hudson River Park. We walked over there for the shoot but this is what any random day hanging with Jill entails… eating ice cream and drinking pink champagne.I know your jealous.
It is my third cookbook and I’m on the lookout for another. Hear that chef?
It was my first major advertising campaign. I learned a ton from everyone involved and I pray to the photo gods that they sprinkle more jobs like this one on me! Special thanks to Vince and Elizabeth at Revolver New York.
The super concerned glasses-wearing bearded dude in the youtube preview below is me… I guess I get really into my work!
This portrait of film critic Dave Kehr was the first or second editorial shot I ever made. I was Associate Art Director at American PHOTO Magazine at the time and word on the street was that magazines were going to start folding at a rapid clip. (Extreme accuracy and word on the street are not always the same but in this instance it was the gospel truth). I didn’t want to transition into web design so I started begging my bosses for portrait assignments. I wanted to try and understand what being a photographer meant and they were kind enough to let me out of the office for a couple hours every so often. (Thanks Deborah, thanks Dave!)
What I didn’t understand about being a photographer then is that pictures take on a life of their own after you make them. This picture has run many many times since being made as Dave Kehr seems to like it. His recent appointment to the Museum of Modern Art as Adjunct Curator in the Department of Film means it is being used again in perhaps my favorite usage so far… This time with the MOMA logo nearby which makes me just so happy.
Here’s a portrait of shoe designer Sarah Flint that I took in Soho while she was in the midst of launching her company. The focused determination of people starting companies is always a thrill to be around.