EPF 2016


From Instagram post:

I’m teaching my granddaughter Lyla,2, how to look at life through a viewfinder. To have the eye of a hawk and the deftness of a deer. She gets it. I’m also teaching her the difference between the dozens of pictures she sees on the iPhone and the tactile nature of fine prints and finished quality books. She gets that too. She listens, she learns.

I’m training her to be the recipient of the Emerging Photographer Fund (EPF) grant in 20 years.

Right now in 2016 BurnMagazine is awarding $15,000. in grants for an emerging photographer through the Magnum Foundation, supported by generous private donors, and Fujifilm for the Young Talent Award for photographers under 25. I started this @burnmagazine fund in 2008 to aid worthy emerging photographers who needed a boost with projects of merit. We have an international jury of respected curators and editors to choose this year’s recipients. See BurnMagazine.org

The EPF recipients will be announced at LOOK @look3festival in Charlottesville,Va in early June. The deadline for your submissions is May 2, 2016. Lyla is growing up bombarded with images at the same time she’s learning to speak and write. Learning two languages at once. Maybe a little Spanish too.

In any case I will try to impart early for her, as I do with all those I mentor, the importance of finding her own voice, her individual authorship, and her precious special offering in an often chaotic world. Looking at life through a viewfinder is not myopic. Sorting moments and shapes and emotions in a ” frame” only opens a panorama of unlimited creative possibilities and high adventure. It’s all about the eye. Go Lyla!!­čÄł┬á-dah-




Trying to decide if they are gonna paddle out one more time. If the surf was fantastic, no decision. Surf in the dark. Yet when it’s good but not great, maybe another rum punch works best at sunset on Jobos beach Puerto Rico. #Jobos #puertorico #surfers

NY Workshop



I’ve locked it down. My first week long shooting workshop in my New York loft in two years. Well I’ve been running around shooting BeachGames. Anyway, I’m back. May 29-June 4. Intense week of mentoring 12 students to developing their own visual authorship. Guest curators, photo editors, and iconic photographers. I stretch my students to their limits. They too will shoot a photo from our rooftop I’m sure. A popular hang. Yet their real work will come from the streets of New York. In whatever form they choose. Join us if you dare a life changer!!

Woman in car



Woman in car. #puertorico #pi├▒onespuertorico


12994344_10156823077690022_7392411698632985533_n Jobos, Puerto Rico. A popular surf break and family beach. #Jobos #puertorico