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I spent two weeks in Bangkok, Thailand documenting the sex industry. I was not on assignment, I was just shooting for myself. Friends had invited me to stay with them, which spurred me to go. more...


Women Running Naked is a project that involves a healthy dose of exhibition, a certain amount of innocent sexuality and twenty-four frames from a single roll of film. Each and every frame from a run is shown in succession without edit. The outright laughter, the passers-by, the shake, the jiggle and the unpredictable nature of the process is shown in totality for each shoot. Each run goes rather quickly since the entire piece is shot with an auto winder while I run close behind or slightly ahead of the subject. more...


We had some really strong people in our early years and have some really strong people involved now. While the first project was very girl-oriented and made statements, the next year Nancy Gordon decided to lead the project, and gender was not a concern for her. So that’s just how we started including guys. We have no problem with doing another project exclusively for girls. Girls tend to be the majority of kids we work with anyway. There’s more trust when it’s just girls. more...


Warning: These photos are a form of artistic expression. They are merely social commentaries on disturbing realities.

A few years ago, the surge of surveillance cameras entered into our society. All kinds of people were buying these tiny hidden cameras: concerned parents watching over their children's caretakers, store owners checking up on their employees, perverted voyeurs spying on their guests, etc. They were in our parks, subways, malls, bathrooms, dressing rooms, elevators -- they were everywhere. more...


I know a lot of people; friends, coworkers and family who have all set off on a magical journey of the soul and body. This journey usually leads them to far off places of historical and mystical significance. My journey takes me to America. more...


Witnessing humanity destroy itself is deeply depressing. Deciding whether to photograph a Serb village where 14 people have been killed the night before or to document an Albanian funeral for victims of a mass execution is horrible. Frankly, neither choice is appealing. more...


I grew up on 68/80. My parents lived in Bowling Green, Ky., and my grandparents lived in Hopkinsville, only 60 miles away. I would spend that hour car ride pretending I was a great horseback rider, riding as fast as the car was carrying my parents. Or I would just daydream as the farmland would zip by, or as we weaved our way through each of the familiar little towns that made up the path to grandma's house. more...


Heart Essay is a musical instrument where each letter of the alphabet corresponds with a sound. A compilation of phrases (they are excerpts from e-mails, conversations and thoughts centering on a lesbian relationship I had in London) merge reality with fiction to produce a Utopia. Historically feminist writers have used Utopian techniques, expressing their ways of seeing as fiction, because men cannot conceive these views as a reality. more...


I started taking photographs of people's rooms and their clothes two years ago. The clothes and things in people's rooms, which I would want to wear or to keep for myself, fascinated me. While I was taking pictures, some thoughts came to mind: What is an original thing and how can I see the individual traits of the people? more...


The model (= the person photographed) will lose or keep some of the characteristic elements of its personality regardless of the possibility that an effort has been made to render it in a realistic manner. It is possible for the subject in the hands of the creator/photographer to be treated as an easily shaped material, which depends directly on the creator's ability or wish. more...


There is, as Carl Jung understood, a universal language of all things. That being a language of symbols. My work is as such. These photographs and photograms are images in a wordless book of me, chapters 21 and 22. more...


Overwhelmed. The one word that I would use to describe that June day three years ago when my wife informed me that she was pregnant. To make matters worse, I was on an internship more than 1,000 miles away from her, and becoming a father was the last thing I was prepared for. I had to graduate, find a good job, secure health insurance and do all the other things I imagined upstanding citizens did before embarking on parenthood. Little did I know that I was on the threshold of one the most important and life-altering experiences of my entire existence. more...


People always ask me why I photograph my friends. The question falls into the same realm as a question like, "Why do you wake up every morning?" Photographing my friends is a natural part of my everyday existence, just like eating or breathing. It is almost an instinctual response. My camera is the machine that creates my physical memory, the window through which I see "real life." My brain can twist things around, exaggerate emotions or fade a moment out of existence. But the camera allows me to see things exactly as they were, recalling sounds, smell or conversations. more...


My friends and family often tell me I have an exciting career -- overseas travel, coverage of major televised events, political conventions, natural disasters, sporting events, celebrities. What a privilege! When they ask me what "big exciting'' stories I'm working on it's those high profile ones they have in mind. more...


Photographing doll heads for me was a logical transition from my prior work that I started in graduate school. When I was in graduate school, I photographed children in daycare centers, but they represented me. I was feeling awkward and alone, and through them I expressed my inner anxieties. That project was a valuable personal growth experience for me as a person and a photographer. Once I completed that project I was looking for another project to start. I keep a journal/sketch book where I write down ideas for projects. more...


Since 1978, readers of The Detroit News have participated in nominating the Michiganians of the Year, a selection of outstanding citizens who helped make living in the state of Michigan a richer experience. They are selected either for their good works or for the example they set. There were 14 award winners who were chosen by the editors of The News. During the month of April 1997, I was assigned to shoot portraits of each winner. more...