Archie Panjabi

You may know her as Kalinda from The Good Wife, but now Archie Panjabi has moved onto NBC's Blindspot. She was graceful and tuned in, taking directions well and playing around openly. This was a secondary shot after we covered a full-length on a white seamless for a New York Times Arts column. There were about 5 minutes left before she had to run, so we quickly rearranged the lights to focus just on her and darken the room behind her.


Analyzed by the Bag

Karrin Anderson, a contributor to Bag News Notes had a whole lot to say about an image I shot for The NYTimes recently for a story on new mothers and maternity leave.


We’ve all heard of a pregnant pause, but for some women, childbearing no longer means pausing one’s professional life. After tech rock star and incoming Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer announced her pregnancy (and her intention to work through a truncated maternity leave), discussion ensued about the practicality and advisability of her choice. The New York Times, for example, profiled women like Maria Seidman (pictured above) whose professions and financial circumstances either require or enable the comingling of their maternal and professional responsibilities immediately after their babies are born.

The modern portrait of “supernewmomhood” seen here both replicates and challenges the dominant narrative about the uber successful CEO supermom—the woman made possible by the second generation of feminism but privileged enough to “have it all” in ways that her feminist foremothers could not. Ann Marie Slaughter’s much debated piece in The Atlantic sought to debunk the notion that even women who exist in the stratosphere of economic privilege can realistically “have it all,” and Rebecca Traister rightly pointed out that the “have it all” standard was unproductive—for women and for feminism. Nonetheless, the arguments in that debate are reflected visually in this photo......

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Facebook co-founder Chris Hughes and Sean Eldridge

Potentially the most powerful gay couple in the world, Chris Hughes and Sean Eldridge are getting married at their Garrison, NY estate in June. Hughes is a co-founder of Facebook and organized Obama's 2008 online campaign and is now editor-in-chief of The New Republic. Eldridge is an investor and political director of the Freedom to Marry organization. Quite the combination. Read the story here.

The Mob Wives. Fugetaboutit.

If I hadn't met the Mob Wives cast in person I wouldn't believe they were real. These ladies are intense and larger than life (in more ways than one, wink). I had to shoot two groups at separate locations because any little comment could set them off into a battle. And the producers of the reality show want to be there when the shit hits the fan.

Tyler Brule, creator of Monocle magazine

For this assignment I was asked to make a "variety" of portraits of a hot shot entrepreneur at a crowded Manhattan bookstore one weekday evening. Mr. Brule was noticeably impatient, the reporter was hovering, the PR handler kept reminding me they had no time, and the location was cramped and visually limited, and to top it off my flash tube died out...A perfect storm. Instead of freaking out I channeled my inner yogi and kept cool (also I've been playing Batman Arkham City lately and have been inspired to handle intense situations like a badass). The muscles in my face relaxed and I spoke in soothing tones. I requested that the manager shut off a couple of lights above the magazine section, flipped on the modeling light, shuffled some magazines around and made some small talk with the subject. Suddenly the nightmare turned into a little puzzle I was piecing together. After a few frames I stuck a strobe on my camera with a wide lens and made a different image in the same spot (variety = done). Come this Thursday I was pleased to see a huge run of Tyler Brule's portrait. Bada-bing, bada-boom.  

Tyler Brule

Chef Marcus Samuelsson for the NYT

I took an express train to Harlem to meet the great Chef Marcus Samuelsson at his restaurant Red Rooster. He has such a graceful and welcoming manner, as does the locale, that I felt comfortable working with him from the get go. His appreciation for the rich diversity of the neighborhood is incorporated in the design and cuisine. For this assignment, however, I focused on Samuelsson's obsession with a particular designer's ties for a story on men who stockpile.

Portrait of the artist (as a middle-aged man)

Times reporter Bob Morris sums it up pretty well. "Surrounded by fast cars, guitars and celebrity: the portrait painter Richard Phillips has much to envy."

Check out his short films with Lindsay Lohan and Sasha Grey.

Richard was a pleasure to work with. I was struck by how composed and patient he was, whereas many subjects of stature seem to be either nervous or in a hurry. His paintings are typically exploding with flashy colors but when I entered his studio there were only patches of color amid large unfinished paintings of Lindsay Lohan, his most recent interest. There was also a large blue work-in-progress, a private commission, of a nude bombshell of a woman in the desert holding a Desert Eagle. He told me about his experience traveling to Utah to meet this subject and how they brought along a case filled with automatic weapons. Apparently the huge handgun was her favorite. As we decided on a couple of different spaces to photograph in his studio he regaled me with stories about his career- what a pleasure Lindsay is to work with, his meticulous painting process, how he has no clue how to use a camera yet recently had a multiple-page fashion spread in Elle. I felt at ease moving him around the room, trying different ideas and chatting like old pals. But not too at ease. This guy is a force to be reckoned with.



Recent NYTimes Clips

A variety of assignments shot for the New York Times

Jaime, 29, and Daisy Johnson, 24, pose for a portraitHeiresses Jamie and Daisy Johnson


A Manhattan speakeasy, JBird

Interior designer Muriel BrandoliniInterior designer Muriel Brandolini and her diamond earrings

Manhattan gallerists that are changing the art scene

Fashion Week afterparty - Slideshow

Jamie Beck, a Tumblr extraordinaire

Jamie Beck runs a successful Tumblr site centered around her fashion photography called From Me To You. She is also the co-creator of Cinemagraphs. She was profiled in the Times as an example of how Tumblr is becoming an integral part of the fashion world online.... "Formerly a pileup of profanity-laced teenage ramblings and partly expressed emotions, at least to an outsider’s eye, Tumblr has become an image-driven platform of importance to fashion photographers — like Terry Richardson (who uses it mostly as a diary) — brands and bloggers, who have made it an integral part of their online lives."

The Brooklyn Circus

The Brooklyn Circus/BKc story begins in 2006 in a quaint neighborhood of Brooklyn, New York with the aim to strengthen consumers’ appreciation for classic aesthetics and antique motifs whilst upholding the pillars of modern design within a hundred year plan. With time-tested values of classic American craftsmanship, a love for urban tradition, vintage sensibilities, and an endless search for the timeless silhouette, the empowerment and authenticity. Founded by graphic designer Ouigi Theodore and developed by an arsenal of visionaries fueled by a common purpose, this bustling junction of style and character is always an experience. Beyond embracing techniques of timeless craftsmanship and sophisticated simplicity, The BKc fosters creative relationships, providing a social sanctuary for open-minded forward-thinkers. Every cuff of trouser, roll of the sleeves, and peaking pocket square is connected to a greater story, as they’ve succeeded at tailoring not only cloth and fabric, but lifestyles.

Read the article here: Pushing the boundaries of black style