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ON ASSIGNMENT: Boom Downside

01.08.2015
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Published Sunday, 23, 2014.

It is always exciting to make the front page of the New York Times, especially on Sunday.

It doesn’t happen often, but when you get the call to be involved in a NYT investigative story, you go.  NYT Deputy Picture Editor Beth Flynn needed a portrait right away, and was hoping I could shoot it.  It was 450 miles from my home, but she said it was a big story.  Was I game?  Definitely!

It was a story about how the state of North Dakota gives the oil industry an easy pass when it comes to environmental violations, and to some degree, safety violations.  Andrew Rohr, my subject, was badly burned when an oil derrick he was working on erupted into flames and toppled.  Rohr later said, “I was a human torch”.

Below are a few more of the pictures I took of Rohr, along with his wife, during the brief time I had with them.  Read the story if you have the time.

Portrait of Andrew Rohr, injured in Continental Resources  accident

Portrait of Andrew Rohr, injured in Continental Resources  accident

Portrait of Andrew Rohr, injured in Continental Resources  accident

Portrait of Andrew Rohr, injured in Continental Resources  accident

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