Kissinger September 12, 2014
Spent some time with Henry Kissinger last week. Needless to say when he said I had 10 minutes to shoot I did not try to negotiate… But it was with great satisfaction, when I was back home editing, that I check my image’s time/date to find I had taken 15. I would seem that I had unknowingly out-negotiated Kissinger.
Dr. Kissinger said something rather remarkable in passing – while he and other’s in the White House were facing off with the Soviets, with nuclear annihilation a potential outcome, he was never really sure if he could have pulled the trigger that would result in 100’s of millions of casualties.
September 12, 2014
In the last few months have been working to finishing up the project on the Everglades called Getting the Water Right, had an exhibition at the Emirates Palace, Abu Dhabi (UAE), and trying to find funding for a project on structural faults in our judicial system (with David Feige, Bronx Defenders, and Sara Zatz) and a project on Neglected Tropical Diseases.
I really need gallery representation!
July 9, 2014
frazen May 28, 2013
Had a quick shoot with Jonathan Franzen today. It relates to a documentary he is doing on bird poaching in Europe. Nice guy. It is interesting when the subject of a portrait provides an amount of time depending on the usage; newspaper work is referenced as tomorrow’s fish wrappers. I keep in mind what Avedon reportedly said – if you don’t get it in the first 5 minutes you missed it.
May 27, 2013
I have some stuff up for auction in Europe. This is the first time I have had 2 images go to bid at the same time… one of the images is on the cover of the catalogue.
May 23, 2013
Back from DC. Had a wedding to attend but, as luck would have it, some portraiture was needed for a client. It was a pleasure spending time with Mr. Rumsfeld; he has lived a very interesting life… and has the most particular collection of photographs in his office.
Interestingly, upon leaving government service after working for Ford, he CEO’ed the company that originally manufactured NutraSweet as well as another that created Tamiflu; both these products have complicated, and controversial, history. One causes cancer and the other… best to search “tamiflu” “bird flu” “controversy”.
May 14, 2013
japan April 27, 2013
Today I got the PDF of a 5 page spread on a project I shot while working with Prof. James Dawes on War Crimes in China during WWII… a project I was having a lot of problems finding funding for. Lucky that Jim saw the value and found funding. On my way to work at the World Economic Forum (in China) I spend a week working – A few years latter most of the people photographed had died.
I am less enthusiastic about the title Harvard choose for the book… but then again if I had written my grants using such language perhaps I might have received funding and been able to document more of these brave men willing to tell their stories of how the Japanese military training of WWII turned civilians into war criminals. This work relates to the present day and that is why I was interested in the project; it is a process of desensitization repeated over millenia.
April 26, 2013
joe April 26, 2013
Just got back from a week working in Brussels (after 5 strange days in Boston). Sara picked up my film from 2 weeks prior; Joe, my old Friend from high school, happens to live in what was once the Everglades. He was nice enough to let me take a few pictures after a rain storm with his daughter. I think the picture is fine but I am wondering why I did not back-up 10 feet… Its difficult to see the bigger picture some times.
April 25, 2013
gore April 6, 2013
Former Vice President Al Gore shoot was quick and a bit of a challenge. Flying to the Everglades the following day and I kept think how that swamp might have determined who became President in 2000; I thought it best not to inquire. Google Gore and Everglades jet port
Kako did a great job doing a poster lay-out for a shorter French version of our comic. It is being used for a Malaria Prevention campaign in Guinea.
Opening at the European Commission for World Day 2013.
Very interesting time spent with Mr. Paul Wolfowitz for a Toby Harnden Sunday Time’s (UK) interview. It is fantastic hearing, both on and off the record, the workings of Presidential decision making, particularly when it resulted in 10 years of war.
Really fun few days running around for NYMag shooting The Americans for their first issue in March.