About

After graduating from high school, I enrolled in photography school in a last-ditch effort to go to college. I barely knew how to use a camera, but I hadn’t been a good student in a traditional learning environment and wanted to find a way to channel my curiosities. I didn’t become a much better student, but I grew to love photography. It allowed me to be an observer, get out and talk to people from different walks of life, and ask lots of questions.

A year after I finished photography school, I received a one-year fellowship at Fabrica, a communications research center in northern Italy. I moved to the small town of Treviso and worked with artists from all over the world. This is when I began interviewing my subjects and noticed that, unlike many of my peers, I was just as concerned with the interview process and the writing as I was with the photographs. I saw each component as an essential part of the portrait. Though I didn’t have any formal training in interviewing, I became better at getting people to open up, and I started to feel like it made the work stronger and more comprehensive.

After Fabrica, I started my career as a photographer in Italy, fascinated by small communities and groups of people that were brought together by a simple common thread. For my first personal project, I traveled to a village in the Dominican Republic populated entirely by migrant sugarcane workers from Haiti. I took 14 portraits and interviewed each subject to include a caption that gave some insight into their lives. The story sold immediately to a magazine for which I had always dreamed of working. I wasn’t paid enough to cover the expenses that I had put into it, but it was a deeply satisfying experience that became the start of something crucial to my development as a photographer. I realized I could learn about people’s lives just by asking them: the world became both larger and smaller.

Since then, my work has taken me all over the world. I did a story about voice actors in Rome who dub popular Hollywood films into Italian. I went to a town in Alaska where nearly everyone lives in a single 14-story building. I tracked down 16 people in Vietnam 45 years after an American soldier took their picture in a village outside of Saigon. I spent three weeks in Tokyo covering a story about retired sumo wrestlers. My work has been featured in National GeographicThe New YorkerThe New York TimesTIME magazineNPRWired and The Guardian.

 

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Tokyo, while on assignment shooting Collectors' Island for Vacheron Constantin. July 2018

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My first Christmas, 1982.

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My parents, Barbara and Douglas. Both 18 years old here.

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1984

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1985

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Summer of 1985.

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With my sister Julie in 1986.

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Halloween, 1986.

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I never sucked my thumb but I was obsessed with this blanket.

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My first day of kindergarten.

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These roller skates were a 5th birthday present and apparently I was obsessed with them.

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1987

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Family vacation to Colorado, summer of 1988.

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First grade, 1989.

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Sixth grade, 1996.

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With my dad in 1997.

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Things got very awkward there for a minute, 1997.

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16 years old, 1998.

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After an all night shoot during my days at Brooks Institute of Photography, 2004.

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A shoot during my time at Fabrica, The United Colors of Benetton’s creative research center in Treviso, Italy. 2007

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With my mom in 2007.

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Tanzania in 2008.

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Bari, Italy in 2009.

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Barrow, Alaska in 2010.

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Bayou La Batre, Alabama during the disastrous BP oil spill in 2010.

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New York City in 2011.

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Chandigarh, India in 2011.

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30. After this shoot for TIME Magazine, 6-year-old Penny said to me: "I was very patient while you took my picture, so can I take your picture now?". How could I say no? 2012

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Lunch break during a shoot for China Southern Airlines in Beijing back in 2012.

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New Jersey in 2014.

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Shooting the Yeah Yeah Yeah’s in 2013.

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A chaotic lighting setup in Rome during one of the Italian Dubbers photographs. 2014

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During a shoot for Tibi in 2014.

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Shooting backstage during fashion week. 2015

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After installing the sod to create a grassy field for the Vanity Fair Italy dubbers shoot, we sat in for a quick lighting test. Rome, 2015.

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During an Interview for NPR's All Things Considered. 2015

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Shooting for Esquire in Florence, Italy. 2016

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On the set of an advertising campaign for Clover Healthcare. July 2016

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This was taken during shoot for the Stepanakert project in 2017.

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On the set of a shoot for Tibi. January 2019

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