George Pelecanos for the Washington Post Magazine

George Pelecanos

I photographed writer George Pelecanos a few weeks ago in the alley behind the house where he grew up. As I was setting up and testing the lights, it began pouring rain, adding an unwelcome layer of difficulty to the shoot. Trash bags were brought out, lights and battery packs were covered and all was ready by the time Mr. Pelecanos pulled up in his limited-edition 2001 Ford Mustang GT.

As we began shooting, the rain stopped and the sun came out, forcing a quick readjustment of the lights and some beautiful backlight.

Pelecanos's roots run deep in DC which is clear from the historical richness of his crime novels. One of the heritage trail markers in DC even has a photo of the Pelecanos family Thanksgiving, circa 1962, showing a young George Pelecanos smiling at the camera. The excellent story by Carlo Rotella can be read here.

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George Pelecanos
George Pelecanos