I recently produced this video about street puppeteer Ricky Syers and community activist Doris Diether. Their unconventional friendship is heartwarming and inspiring. Produced for AARP, it has become their most popular piece of online content ever!
The Facebook version of the video has been viewed almost 6 Million times so far. But even before the video found success, I was really happy with this video as perhaps my favorite one I’ve ever made.
Pentagram Design contacted me to shoot a portrait of neuroscientist Jeremy Freeman for the Howard Hughes Medical Institute’s quarterly bulletin, which they produce. As a science buff, I looked forward to the shoot. I didn’t know what to expect exactly, but I was surprised when I met a shaggy-haired young man with a tattoo of a neuron on his forearm who wanted to be photographed in his black hoodie because it’s what he’s most comfortable in.
Ultimately they picked an image showing off his tattoo:
But I preferred him in his hoodie:
Senator Mark Udall of Colorado lost his most recent reelection bid. There was a small window of time between losing the election and leaving office where he could have legally released the scathing Senate Intelligence Committee report on CIA detention and interrogation practices with no ramifications. Ultimately, he didn’t need to take action personally, and the Senate released the report.
While he was still considering whether to release it himself, Esquire spoke with him for their ESQ&A section, and they asked me to take photos for the article. Here’s how it appeared in print:
Here are a couple more photos I like from the shoot:
A few months back Discover Magazine contacted me about shooting Liz Phelps for the July/August issue, on newsstands now. Dr. Phelps does very interesting research on how our memories are affected by our emotions, and did noteworthy research particularly around memories of 9/11. Here’s how the magazine used the photos:
And here’s another image from the shoot that I liked:
Hot off the press, it’s the latest issue of Columbia Law School Magazine featuring my portrait of alumna Minna Schrag. She’s had a pretty incredible career, including time spent as a senior trial attorney for the International Criminal Tribunal and as chair of the board of NOW Legal Defense and Education Fund.
When I spoke with Minna to set up a time and place to shoot, she suggested using her bookcase at home as a backdrop. I politely dismissed that idea and if you do a Google Image Search for the phrase “lawyer portrait,” you’ll understand why.
Instead, we found some nice natural light elsewhere in her building that I supplemented lightly. And for some alternate options, we shot nearby at the Soldiers and Sailors Monument. I liked the large concrete bricks as a symbol of her personal strength.
Here are some outtakes: