My lecture at the MSU Arts and Humanities Dept.

I recently was honored to participate in the Wednesday Night Live lecture series at the Residential College of the Arts and Humanities at Michigan State University.   I spoke on two topics: Living as a Creative and the Power of the Still Image. In preparing for the talk I stumbled upon the roots of my becoming a photographer.  …

Ethiopian Coffee Country

In January of 2015 I spent a week photographing  in the Ethiopian coffee regions for Green Mountain Coffee.  Here is a small sampling of the 3000 images I made.  The job called for mostly landscapes (to be used on the boxes of a new product) but I couldn’t help but to capture the workers as well and also show the…

New portrait for Housing Works

I recently shot the Pride Parade for the incredible non-profit in NYC, Housing Works, which assists people living with HIV.  Here is the first use of those images, a nice portrait for a profile piece.  Eric Bartley, below, has a great story, check it out.  

PS 58 Auction 2014 at the Bell House

Here is a slideshow of the images from the PS 58 Auction at the Bell House.  Photos by local photographer Joshua Kristal. Peruse the blog if your interested in dwarfs dressed up as druids at Stonehenge, the lives and culture of Peru or  interesting looks into several subcultures of New York. Joshua

In the news….and a boutique hotel.

Recently, one of my images from Stonehenge was purchased and installed in a room in the new Ace Hotel in London.  And, just this week, my photography class was featured in an article in an Australian newspaper. The reporter wanted to learn techniques to make better photographs while being a tourist. Here is the link From…

Detroit’s Palmer Park: Where ghosts of past and present collide

Sven Gustafason and I did a story for HOUR Magazine on one of the largest and most historical public parks in Detroit and its current iteration and  rebirth.  Here is a post with more photos and an updated and more in-depth version of  Sven’s story. Sven Gustafason To me, there might be no better microcosm for the Detroit experience…

Gentrification in Bushwick for New York Magazine blog, Bedford & Bowery

I did a story on the gentrification going on in Bushwick, Brooklyn for Bedford and Bowery, a new New York Magazine blog a couple of weeks ago. Hipsters are moving in and integrating their culture with what has been for the last years a predominately Latin neighborhood. The juxtapositions are incredibly visual and ubiquitous. Barber shops and…

Up-close and personal.

  In the spirit of William Klein, (modern master of the super close up in a reportage/street photography vein), after finishing my work photographing at an annual fundraising gala for a favorite NYC non-profit, I tried to see how close to subjects I could get without being too intrusive.  It went well.   We all…

Big box stores in China.

Big box stores in China are a revelation. In how many different types of things can be found under one roof, in the routine of a typical shopper, in the way people spend their day. Kick off your shoes, read a good book, strut your Elvis impersonating self over for some freshly roasted pig, maybe…

Finally, “Ruin Porn” with a happy ending.

Last April, I was in Detroit for some varied work.  During one assignment profiling a huge city park there (possibly designed by Frederick Olmstead) for HOUR magazine,  I met Kathy Makino, a woman who is single-handily helping to bring about a housing renewal in Palmer Park.  Her company, Shelborne Development, with the help of some federal…

Manure in Midtown

The PBR professional bull-riding rodeo is back gracing our shores here in NYC.   I shot it a few years back for the Huffington Post but never got it up here on MPT so here is a link to the full photo-story.  I’ve posted a couple images below along with the text which I penned (something I…

New piece in current HOUR magazine on Zug Island, Detroit.

GOTHAM OF THE RUST BELT: Blast furnaces, belching smoke, and industry byproducts from ironmaking and steelmaking are hardly anyone’s idea of beauty. But from a distance at night, an eerily illuminated Zug Island assumesan otherwordly, noir-like allure. HOUR magazine hired me to do a series on the steel production facility of Zug Island.  This eerie,…