GIRL BE HEARD

Working for PROOF: Media for Social Justice on a project with “G!RL BE HEARD’ who use theater to encourage young women to explore gender, race and class issues. We created a workshop environment to photograph the girls and with the guidance of artist Cey Adams they ‘mashed -up’ their images to create these art pieces.

‘GIRL BE HEARD’ have performed at the White House, the United Nations, national tours and workshops in public schools to raise awareness about human rights issues affecting women and girls. Shocking statisitics : 6 out of 10 girls growing up in the U.S. will experience physical or sexual violence in her lifetime. 34% of girls become pregnant before age 20.

 

 

RAY BLK

In London, late November, to photograph Ray BLK for Interview Magazine. I love her soulful hit “My Hood” (f. Stormzy). She’s a South London girl singing about her hood, we photographed her in Brixton on the street outside the fried chicken chain Morley’s that she mentions on the album Durt. 

Ray captures the tough realities of inner city life, and is passionate about Black Lives Matter : “everything that’s going on is too crazy to ignore, and I feel like any time you see an injustice, if you don’t speak up you’re a part of the problem”

WOMEN’S MARCH WASHINGTON

The Women’s March on Washington was a mass mobilization of activists and protestors who descended on the capital on January 21, the day after we inaugurated into office a man who ran the most brazenly misogynistic presidential campaign in recent history. I took a 4am bus to DC with some friends. It is estimated that somewhere between 650 thousand to  million people attended the march. There were no arrests.



 

 

DIOR PARIS

 

 

I spend a week in Paris in late September photographing the Christian Dior collection designed by their new creative director Maria Grazia Chiuri. I photographed everything from the atelier to the fittings, backstage, the show, the celebrities and the scene. I decided to photograph in documentary ‘fly on the wall’ style, black and white images. It was  the most amazing experience watching the collection take shape from the seamstress  making the clothes to the final  show. Attention to detail, beautiful clothes with a feminist twist, Maria Grazia’s Dior is all about celebrating the power of women. Check me out talkign about the shoot on Dior TV
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Handball King of Courts

 

 

 

Handball King of Courts

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The King of Courts Tournament was held this year on a 98F day in a park off the Grand Central Parkway in Jamaica Queens. Handball is played all over the city, old and young battle in dusty parks every day. It’s a real street game, all you need is a ball and a wall. I documented this year’s tournament for Jocks & Nerds.

GHETTO GASTRO

 

 

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Photographed the Ghetto Gastro crew outside a local deli in the Bronx for Interview Magazine. Ghetto Gastro’s core crew is Jon Gray, a Bronx native and ringleader of Ghetto Gastro, Lester Walker, who grew up with Gray in Co-Op City, and trained as a chef; Malcolm Livingston II, a pastry chef from the Bronxdale Houses and Eastchester; and Pierre Serrao, 28, a chef who trained in Italy. “We form like Voltron—everybody has their own specialty” They are bringing ‘Boogie Down Bronx’ style to the culinary arts. fusing high and low culture and cuisine.

 

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FIGHTBALL

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Fightball is an intense one-on-one basketball competition held in a club setting. It pits some of the world’s best ballers against each other. This spring I shot the Fightball final in NYC. An intense game between Andrew “Spongebob’ Washington and Brazil’s Leandro de Lima. Sitting with my toes touching the side line behind the basket trying to follow the players with my lens and avoid getting hit by the ball made the game extra thrilling.

I had photographed the players earlier in the day at practise, ‘Spongebob’ seemed to have a fierce light in his eye – and he came out on top that evening wnning the grand prize of $100,000.

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KIKI

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‘Kiki’ the movie is about the lives of young LGBTQ people of colour who participate in the spectacular Kiki balls that give the performers a safe and empowered space to enact various modes of gender expression.

The Kiki scene was created within the LGBTQ youth-of- color community as a peer-led group offering alternative family systems. The scene has evolved into an organization with governing rules, leaders and teams, numbering hundreds of members in New York and across the U.S and Canada. Run by LGBTQ youth for LGBTQ youth, it draws strategies from the Civil Rights, Gay Rights and Black Power movements.

I photographed some of the spectacular performers at the NYC premiere of the movie in Harlem

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Kid Creole aka August Darnell

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Last week I spent a morning up on the roof taking photos for Jocks&Nerds magazine of the ever suave August Darnell aka Kid Creole. The man has so much style from top to toe. He has co written a musical called Cherchez La Femme with my great friend Vivien Goldman, about ‘the pursuit of happiness ..the smell of success ..sibling rivalry .. ‘ and more set in New York and the Caribbean in the 1980’s. Performances from May 20-June 12.

 

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Lucy Tupu Furniture

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On a cold day in February Lucy Tupu and Eric and I spent the day photographing Lucy’s gorgeous furniture line on the streets of New York City.  Originally from New Zealand Lucy’s ‘Flax’ collection is inspired by traditional Samoan weaving techniques combine Paul Smith plaids and  bright jewel like hues. Go check out Lucy’s ottomans, daybeds, rugs and lighting at the ICFF show at the Javits centre May 14-17

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