assignments

Backstage at the Kennedy Center

The Hong Kong Dance Company passed through Washington, DC last week and I was hired to spend a few days with them, creating a photographic record of their various interactions with the press (i.e. photographing them being photographed, which gave me some interesting perspective into how the Chinese press work, but that's for another time). In between this work, I was able to spend an afternoon with them at the Kennedy Center as they did a run-through of their performance.

What followed was one of my favorite photo assignments I've had in a long time. For three hours, I was able to stand in the near darkness of the space just off-stage, capturing the performance, transitions of dancers and incredible stage props. It's rare to have such complete, unfettered access and I'm grateful to have been a part of their day.

Times Two

Female body armor, for Time

Female body armor, for Time

I had the good fortune to shoot twice for Time last month, for both their Inventions issue and a really wonderfully conceived project about the 2012 Presidential Campaign as a series of still lifes. Neither of these assignments fell into the general categories of work I do and that made them all the more challenging and exciting. I want to thank the editors at Time for entrusting me with these shoots.

During the current military conflicts, women have gone to war wearing men's body armor. The gear is often ill-fitting and clearly not designed for their bodies. New body armor is trying to fix that problem. I spent the morning at Fort Belvoir photographing the new technology and figuring out how to prop up a thirty pound vest. The write-up is here.

Card containing memory card with 47% speech, for Time

Card containing memory card with 47% speech, for Time

The second assignment involved going to Time's DC offices and shooting some interesting political artifacts that played a role in this election. One of my favorites was the blank Thank You card (delivered by messenger) that had the faint indentation of a memory card inside of it. This card had been delivered to Mother Jones journalist David Corn and contained the video of Mitt Romney's 47% speech. Spending the morning with these historical artifacts provided a somewhat quirky window into the minutiae of political campaigns. The full gallery (mostly shot by the incredible Grant Cornett) here.

Jon Huntsman's briefcase, for Time

Jon Huntsman's briefcase, for Time

Feather Quill Pens used at Supreme Court, for Time

Feather Quill Pens used at Supreme Court, for Time

Election Night in Studio 4A for National Public Radio

I may regret saying this, but there are a handful of assignments I do each year that I would have gladly shot for free, no questions asked. Covering the newsroom of National Public Radio during a presidential election is one of them.

For six hours last night, I was fortunate to witness political journalism being practiced at its highest level by men and women deeply committed to accuracy over speed. I think anyone who sees NPR as the "liberal" media would come away with a very different view if they were able to experience first-hand how decisions are made in real time.

Here's a selection of images from a historic night.

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