Portraits

AFROPUNK 2017

Last weekend at the Afropunk Festival held in Commodore Barry Park in Fort Greene, Brooklyn I saw some cool bands, but it was the crowd that really fascinated me. The two-day festival of black arts and culture started from underground energies in punk and hip-hop. Its list of rules: No Sexism, No Racism, No Ableism, No Ageism, No Homophobia, No Fatphobia, No Transphobia, No Hatefulness makes it  an  inclusive space for everyone.


JOEY BADA$$

Photographing Joey Bada$$ in Bushwick. He was totally cool, we drove around in the car from the Mad Max movie looking at locations, lots of good industrial spots to shoot, locals coming up to talk to him. Great new album.

BLACK LIPS

Shoot with the band the Black Lips for the new issue of Jocks&Nerds magazine brilliantly styled by Mark Anthony Bradley. The Black Lips are a garage rock band from Atlanta first formed in 1999. Their new album Satan’s Graffiti or God’s Art? was produced by Sean Lennon.

 

LOUIS HAYES

I was commissioned by Blue Note to photograph the legendary drummer Louis Hayes for the cover of his new album ‘Serenade for Horace’ a tribute to Horace Sliver. Louis was born in Detroit in 1937, he came to New York when he was eighteen and joined the Horace Silver Quartet. He has recorded with everyone John Coltrane, Thelonious Monk, Sonny Rollins, Dexter Gordon, Wes Montgomery, and so many more. He just celebrated his 80th birthday at Dizzy’s playing better than ever.

SALOMON

A day in Harlem photographing the rapper Salomon for Interview Magazine. We catch the 1 train uptown, styled by Melissa Levy, Salomon is wearing Prada. Later on 118th street he rocks it in Comme de Garcons with shorts and sneakers. Ladies coming up to him to say he looks ‘fine’.

INTERVIEW

Challenging shoot for Interview, models are wearing Hermes and Prada on the street in the pouring rain. We buy umbrellas for everyone and in cold wet conditions I am feeling gritty ‘William Klein’ New York City black and white images are right for the mood. Weeks later I bring the magazine to the food truck guy on Broadway, he’s thrilled to see himself in print.

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.

 

 

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 talking about the shoot on Dior TV
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Handball King of Courts

 

 

 

Handball King of Courts

Handball King of Courts 2016

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.