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June 30th, 2009

150 Years | NY Post

My photograph, portrait really, of Bernard Madoff is again in the mix. I can say with absolute honesty that 150 years still seems like a slap on the wrist.

A friend put it yesterday after he was sentenced, “Glad Bernie got 1.5 centuries in the slammer. Hope it’s self-funded.

Dear NY Post,

I understand the who made what and why is not important to you, but after several publications now, it would be nice if my name was at least spelled correctly.


June 30th, 2009

for Alexander & His Mum

I received this letter from my friend Alexander yesterday at 2:40PM and have placed it here with his blessing:

Greetings Family & Friends,

I hope you are all well.

I am writing to you today because I need to ask you all a favor. My beautiful mother Isabel Richter is fighting for her life against Large Cell Lymphoma Cancer in Maine at the York Hospital, and as of 2:00pm EST they have begun to administer a very hardcore, industrial strength dosage of chemotherapy. Please send her some prayers, positive vibes, or whatever you feel is appropriate to help her out in this very difficult time. For those that know my mum she is a fighter, and even in her weak condition she is determined to try to beat this cancer. So please, if you have a chance close your eyes for one moment and send some good love to her. She is a wonderful person & I hope that the Lord does not decide to call her just yet. And maybe if you all send some energy she might be able to stick it out a bit longer and try to enjoy the remainder of her life here on earth.

I thank you all for taking the time to read this & appreciate the love & prayers that many of you have already sent and will be sending.

Many thanks,


PS- Please let your loved ones know how you feel about them. Family is so fragile and you never know when life will throw you & them into the challenge of your life.

If you are interested. Here is a link to some photo’s of my mother and her battle with cancer.

Photographs above by Alexander.

There are a million reasons I love the internet. One of them, if not the best reason to love the internet, are the notes and stories other people that love the internet sometimes send my way… Receiving these notes and stories is absolutely wonderful, in fact, it downright keeps my world spinning.

June 29th, 2009

Michael Jackson Clouds | 8:37:25PM

(15 second video)

Friday, June 26, 2009 | 8:37:25PM | Columbus Avenue & 69th St. | NYC

I recorded the audio in the video above in my cab barely twenty-four hours after Michael Jackson’s heart stopped. The song started as I got in and once underway, the driver turned it up on his own (even louder after I asked him to). I had just left a place playing Michael over the loudspeakers and it would turn out that I would soon arrive at yet another place also playing Michael over the loud speakers, this was not on purpose. It was a really beautiful evening and something I have not experienced too many times. It seemed as if the sky was in agreement with me as I had never seen clouds like this in all my life. Thank you Michael.

June 26th, 2009

Michael Jackson | “Boy” 1994

Thriller was the first record anyone ever gave me. It was a present from my brother one year at Christmas.

Yesterday as I am sure you know, Michael Jackson passed away. Last year, almost to the day, George Carlin passed. I will forever now be nervous every June that someone I have had a photographic connection with will suffer the same fate. Both shoots were life altering yet in very different ways and now my archive is proving to be a place you may not want to find yourself: Carlin, the Madoff affair and now Michael.

I made a series of photographs in a warehouse filled to the rafters with Jackson family belongings on a day in January 2004 that started in sunlight and ended in a blizzard.

The story of what, why and how is too long for this simple note, but the experience of being in that room seemed very similar to the story of Citizen Kane.

An empire discarded and lost being sifted through by strangers for profit, understanding, entertainment and basic human inquisitiveness. It was bewildering and changed the way I looked at the world on more levels then I understand.

The lyrics to “We Are The World” – signed by many of those that sang it, rare sketches of Michael’s, costumes, video props, Neverland Valley keepsakes, sex toys, hand written notes, a Pepsi can with Michael printed on it, an MTV Moonman Award, Michael’s Mowtown ID card from 1970, the pair of Michael’s underwear that was to be later seized by prosecutors and talked about around the globe on news channels and many more small little items of curiosity…. I got to see, touch and photograph them all.

A PDF of The Jackson Collection is available only on request.

I haven’t stopped listening to Michael’s music all night long.

June 25th, 2009

Birthday | Sondra

June 23rd was Sondra’s birthday. I photographed her last year on this day because I wanted to. This year, she asked me as her mother was visiting and Sondra wanted me to make them a portrait. I jumped in cab, met them on the street, made very few images and then came home. Until next year.

June 25th, 2009

Birthday | Stories

Today, two years ago, I started this site. 654 stories in 731 days.

June 24th, 2009

t. | “I’m hot pink (in the face)”

Words then images. | June 23, 2009

June 23rd, 2009

Portfolio Pickup | Rolling Stone

I live 0.6m from almost all NYC magazines, this makes blind drops too easy.

click to watch video

June 22nd, 2009

I Am A Stalker

I have known these two women longer then anyone else in my life other then my parents and my brother. One I met the summer of 1991, the other I met just two months later. It has been 18 years now and I have witnessed much of their lives from up close and from afar, photographed both of them as brides and have no idea how to define what they are to me when words like friends don’t seem to cut it. Maybe it’s just two women that sent me links to them running… So let that be a warning, if you send me a link that has a “buy a print now” button for an image of you doing something triumphant – I will more then likely press it.

June 20th, 2009

Dear t. | I Disagree

Dear t.

I disagree wholeheartedly and yet at the same time I completely understand.

A very large warm thank you for this song,

t. ‘s browser in a screenshot at the time this track was added to her Blip.

(Yes, she sent me this screenshot).

June 19th, 2009

Happy Birthday | SH | TA

Mr. Archibald & Ms. Hirakawa

touch image for a video tickle

June 19th, 2009

Walk | MD | 1

June 19th, 2009

Walk | MD | 2

June 17th, 2009

The Diary of Gertrude Janet

one rental car
one beautiful stranger (female)
one good friend (male)
two shotguns
two cameras
several rental car maps
one zip lock bag full of tape, pens, scissors, paperclips
three states
24 hours

wait 7 days


wait another 59 days for a 3rd trip that would not come


print out PDF
take print out on the road
add to it
scan it
post it online in high resolution

Then share it, as I have, all the while waiting for it to become a real book, like I am.

June 16th, 2009

Archive | Beyond Botox

Beyond Botox | for TIME | New York City

We showed up at the medical office early, I am always ridiculously early, to everything. We sat in the waiting room along with a small number of patients that all seemed to ignore me, my assistant and the large cart of gear. I stared at the fish tank and sat there anxious to get set up or started. Then we got our 15-20 minutes to set up after meeting the two women who agreed to let us photograph their procedure (and who signed releases). To say it was awkward is an understatement but we all had our assigned roles and all was to go smoothly. The room was small, there was the doctor and her assistant, me and my assistant and then the patient. Five of us, all jammed in close around one chair to witness what at least appears to be a simple procedure.

I photographed two procedures, one from pulled back to give a sense of what it was like to be in there and the other shot close for details of the procedure itself. It was really difficult to watch on one level yet on another level, it was really hard to look away. I could imagine the feeling of shot after shot, see the expressions ranging all over the map from the patients faces and then watching through the lens the needles poke and the blood drip, really heightened each prick and drop to an interesting level that at one point, I did look away from. I can remember watching one patient hands during the few moments I looked away, each time I saw her hand clench, I pressed the shutter… then I just had to look again, it was all too important to not witness every moment of, all the while pressing the shutter.

Then it was over. The most amazing part to me was how brave the women were. Not only making the choice to endure the pain, but for allowing us to photograph at all. It’s hard to tell in these two images but I was really close, for most of these images in fact, the patient had to straddle the tripod. So imagine sitting in that chair, imagine the doctor working away with a needle on your skin, imagine the bright medical light in your face, imagine a few extra lights/strobes going on your face and then imagine a tall, big, man between your feet with a giant camera on a tripod, watching it all in great detail… amazing.

* – Archive
I’ve done many wonderful assignments that for one reason or another, have gone under the radar. Be it in the publications the images were created for, or maybe the images worked great in the publication but not for anything else or simply the images just didn’t fit the rest of the work in my portfolio/promotion/whatever at the time. So I now want to share some here. It will always be random and hopefully as interesting as I find them…

June 15th, 2009

#1RN | Douglas A

Douglas A | #1RN | 6/8/09

June 14th, 2009

iPhone | 4:30 AM

June 13th, 2009

June 12, 2009 | NYC

5:36:59 PM – 9:27:14 PM

June 12th, 2009

Me | 30 Gun Clubs

Green Mountain Shooting Preserve, NH

Lavertue Shooting Grounds, NH

Elk Creek Hunt Club, KY

Hopkins Game Farm, MD

Mid County Rod & Gun Club, NY

Tennessee Clay Target Complex, TN

A Place To Shoot, TX

Schrader’s Bridgetown Manor, MD

Tenoroc Shooting Sports, FL

Pocono Manor, PA

Factoryville Sportmen’s Club, PA

Triple B Clays, CA

Moore-N-Moore, CA

Thunder Mountain, NJ

South Fork Preserve, DE

National Shooting Complex, TX

Rock Mountain, PA


Pintail Point, MD

Orvis Sandanona, NY

Ranch 74, TX

Mid-Hudson Clays, NY

Hill Country Shooting Sports Center, TX

San Antonio Gun Club, TX

Quail Creek Plantation, FL

Wing Pointe Sporting Clays, PA

J & P Sporting Clays, MD

Catskill Pheasantry, NY

Shoal River Sporting Clays, FL

Lehigh Valley Sporting Clays, PA

June 11th, 2009


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June 10th, 2009

TX | Smoke

Remembering TN Smoke

June 9th, 2009

CJ | 1

June 9th, 2009

I Am UV #2

I Am UV #2 | I Am A Silver Gelatin Print | I Am 20″ x 24″

by Cara P.

watch Cara make this photograph here

June 8th, 2009

24 Hours Ago

New York City | 6/7/09 | 2:36:56 AM

June 8th, 2009

The Night I Missed Her Phone Call

Five hours, two minutes and fifty-six seconds after her call, I made seven photographs in seventeen minutes and twenty seconds while she was now sleeping and while I was walking home to a place she was not dreaming of.

June 4th, 2009

CR | The Portfolio

CR | 25 Photographs | April 13, 2009

6 x 9 inch images on 8.5 x 11 inch paper
Ultrachrome Ink on Hahnemuhle Fine Art Pearl Paper 285 gsm

The CR Portfolio is available for purchase. Upon placing an order each of the 25 photographs will be re-printed and a new portfolio case will be created. Once complete, the CR Portfolio as seen here will be delivered or sent insured to any specified address. The CR Portfolio is $1500.

view all 25 photographs in the video above

go here to purchase

June 3rd, 2009

CR | A Promise Kept

* – recipient’s name has been removed from the photographs

I made a promise a few weeks ago to send 25 prints to someone. Today, I walked that box of prints to where they work and had it sent up to them in the fancy building and walked away.

I had printed the word fragile on the label. Because of this, the building staff would not accept it and were going to call the recipient down to get it from me. Normally I would applaud this effort however since what I was doing was already awkward enough, (I had not seen or spoken to this person in months, they had no idea this was coming and I preferred it this way) I crossed out the word fragile with a pen. This only led to more chaos. So I now have the signature of the messenger center as having received it, but in what state and if it ever reaches the intended recipient, I’ll never know… I am okay with this.

June 3rd, 2009

The First Award to Come Framed

Thank you. – Webby Awards

June 3rd, 2009

Re: Match.com / Photo Issue

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For Primary Photos:
* You should be the only person in the picture
* A substantial portion of your face must be visible

For All Photos:
* No nudity or sheer/see-through clothing
* No copyrighted images (ie: drawings, photographs, or other illustrations)
* No identifying information (ie: license plates, email or web addresses, visible street address numbers, etc.)
* No illegal acts or violence
* No minors only (under 18 years old without an adult included in the photo)

June 2nd, 2009

Shotgun Camera

touch the image above for a 40 second video

2 point & shoot digital cameras | each shot once | 12g | 1300 fps | 1 & 1/8 oz. | 7.5 shot

I shoot competitively in a sport called Sporting Clays and only in sanctioned/regulated tournaments. It is not a commonly known sport but is much like Olympic style skeet/trap shooting in that one uses a shotgun to shoot small clay targets thrown through the air in a very strictly controlled environment. I do not hunt or shoot animals in anyway and my shotgun will never kill anything but these clay targets or as on this one particular day, a couple point and shoot digital cameras. This was done under the watch of a Colonel in the National Guard with a specialty in artillery and on grounds used with the permission of the local sheriff.

While the video is only of one camera and one shot, two cameras were shot that day. Both cameras were actually live with video at the time of the shotgun blast however neither memory card could be located. Three of us searched for approximately thirty minutes to locate and collect all the parts but no memory cards were recovered although between the three of us, about 10 or so ticks collected on us.

I wanted to see what it would look like when a small point and shoot digital camera was hit with a 12g shotgun blast and to see what that camera saw. I will never know what the camera saw as the memory cards were destroyed or otherwise un-recoverable, but what the camera recording the event witnessed, is rather fascinating.

What were once antique trophies of technology and tools of creation will now take on a new life on my shelf of actual trophies. A new collection begins.

If anyone has any old digital cameras you would like to part with and send my way, please do so. My contact info is here. I will trade you an 8×10 print of what it looks like after it gets shot…

June 1st, 2009

12 Digital Point & Shoots

The other day, I had all these on my desk at the same time, I didn’t think much of it until a friend who was visiting started laughing. It wasn’t until he pointed out the absurdity of these eight cameras sitting here that I saw his point. I then told him that there are four I no longer have at all, so really, there have been twelve since 5/9/2003 at 6:30:05. For the record, the same friend that was now laughing at me for these cameras gave me that first one, the one in the top right corner of this image. The first image I made with any of these is below. My actual first digital camera image I made in 1994 or 1995, I don’t have that image but I have one from the second time I used that camera. It is a print out I made that I taped to my dictionary now at least 14 years ago, it is still there today. The first image I made with one of these cameras, the image I made 14 years ago the first time I shot digital and the newest image I have as of writing this are all below.

I can remember thinking how cool it was if only the image quality was there. Today it has reached an interesting point and there are many good things about these cameras. My old film point and shoot was perfect but the cost to scan time ratio is just unbearable, I have yet to be able to say that about any digital point and shoot so I would still not really recommend any of the cameras pictured here. I started taping them up last year as I couldn’t stand all the branding, who needs a subject trying to read the damn logo while you take their picture, who needs yet another photographer constantly eyeballing your camera and dragging me into yet another pointless debate on digital versus film or mega pixels or whatever, who needs another camera trying to jam too many MP and features into to ever odder cameras, I just couldn’t couldn’t care less lately. Get the best camera you can afford and is the closest to the features you wish it had and go use it. I am still in “do the best with what is available” mode with these things. I have one just for videos and another just for stills. Both have very serious flaws honestly that get in the way of the very tasks they were created to perform. Someday, one of these camera makers will get it correct, I have to hold onto that hope, so close, yet still so far…

1st row left = bent lens barrel array (pulled from pocket while on).

1st row right = display stopped functioning correctly (not my fault).

2nd row left = smashed display (thanks Disney World Big Thunder Mountain Railroad).

2nd row right = flash burnout/upgrade (the flash literally smoked when fired, very cool actually).

3rd row left = dust inside lens – cheaper to buy new camera then repair.

3rd row right = display stopped functioning correctly (not my fault).

4th row left = still functioning as of this post.

4th row right = still functioning as of this post.

Not pictured camera #1 = dust on sensor.

Not pictured camera #2 = Ebay for new model, I wish I had kept it.

Not pictured camera #3 = newer model of #2, actually I returned it as it was not as good previous version.

Not pictured camera #4 = returned to manufacturer for non-working pixel under warranty, only to have that model run out of stock after new models release. New model actually now has less features, the first of many missteps taken by camera maker. Why would one remove features? Sigh.

I purposefully left out names, models and many details as 1) they are obvious if you like cameras in any way at all 2) Until I get free models to test, free models to keep or am otherwise reimbursed or sponsored for the countless $’s I spend on these things, I am content leaving out these details.

5/9/2003 at 6:30:05PM to 5/27/2009 at 10:33:41PM = approximately 6 years, 18 days, 4 hours, 1 minute, 36 seconds and these 12 cameras have made approximately 39,437 images and over 1000 short movies. Roughly 18 pictures a day for 6 years. Thinking about these numbers and what has happen in my life during all this time makes me realize these numbers are quite low and only makes me wish I had made more pictures…