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ON ASSIGNMENT: Portraits

01.28.2013

Rape in the Military

Although I didn’t shoot many portraits last year, here are a handful that I like.

My favorite portraits are the ones that don’t look like portraits…more reportage when possible.  In the case of Air Force Technical Sergeant Jennifer Smith, who filed an internal complaint against the Air Force alleging that the service turned a blind eye to sexual attacks and harassment, she wanted to look straight into the camera.  “I don’t want to be viewed as a victim,” she said.  Photographed for the New York Times.  ↓

Rape in the Military

In the South, death is still segregated in many places.  Charles Menendez, who embalmed his first body when he was a junior in high school, works as a freelance embalmer for black-owned funeral homes.  Photographed for the New York Times.   ↓

one of the oldest black funeral homes in the south

one of the oldest black funeral homes in the south

I had a great time photographing Beth Haile, a devout Catholic and a professor of moral theology at Carroll College, a private diocesan Catholic college in Helena, MT., with her daughter, Teresa (named after Mother Teresa).  Photographed for the New York Times as part of their voter profiles for the 2012 Presidential Election.   ↓

VOTER PROFILES

VOTER PROFILES

VOTER PROFILES

VOTER PROFILES

On the Blackfeet Indian Reservation in northern Montana, the issue of hydraulic fracking on reservation land has divided the community.  On the one side, are those who view the land as sacred and honor traditional Native American values.  On the other side are people like Ronald Crossguns, with the Blackfeet Oil & Gas Department, who sees fracking as a chance to end the immense poverty found on the reservation.  Crossguns does not believe their land is sacred, nor does his believe in Blackfeet traditions.  Photographed for the New York Times.   ↓

energy companies have sunk 30 exploratory wells deep into the ground of the Blackfeet Indian Reservation, beside Glaciar Nat Park

In Georgia, if you are a child of illegal immigrants, you are barred from attending the state’s major universities, but a small group of professors at the University of Georgia decided to do something about that and started Freedom University, an underground university where students like Martin Lopez can take college-level classes.  Photographed for the Chronicle of Higher Education.   ↓

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Jennifer Kuzara took a gamble and bought and restored an old home in the Atlanta’s Edgewood neighborhood, and couldn’t be happier with her new digs.  Photographed for the New York Times.   ↓

Jennifer Kuzara for Your Money special section

As a Georgia Tech graduate student, Ryan Gravel came up with a brilliant idea…one that will change the charter of downtown Atlanta for generations.  His big idea was to transform Atlanta’s 22 miles of old railway corridors that circled the city into a system of trails, parks, and light rail…better known as the Atlanta Beltline.  Talk about creating job security for yourself.  Photographed for the New York Times.   ↓

a huge urban revitalization project called the Atlanta Beltline

a huge urban revitalization project called the Atlanta Beltline

Charles Wesley Scott, a retired US Army colonel and one of the 52 American hostages held for 444 days by Iranians in the late 1970’s, was starting to loose his patience with me.  He couldn’t figure out what I was trying to do, and eventually said, “We’re done.”  I told him the picture came out well and that he’d like it.  The next day, when it ran in the New York Times, he called to say I was right.   ↓

The hostages were freed under an agreement that barred any legal action by the former hostages to seek damages

The hostages were freed under an agreement that barred any legal action by the former hostages to seek damages

One Comment
  1. 01.28.2013 8:42 pm

    nICE!

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