off to sicily

dear readers, i leave for sicily today to teach a small class  built around the Easter processions which are oh so passionate in italy…during this week, i will photograph side by side with my students….i will post as often as possible while i am in sicily, but my primary obligation will, of course, be to …

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jail

i just returned from jail…..a 6 hour bureaucratic nightmare to visit "uptown" (see march 23 post )…yes, "uptown" is in the maximum security section at Rikers Island Correctional Facility here in new york….he committed  a parole violation and is paying with 6 months of his 31 year old life….one third of his life has already …

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benjamin and a bad day

stick around me long enough and you will find that i end up with some really bad bad days…..since starting my little online diary, i have described trips to mexico, thailand and hanging out with my students and well known photographer buddies….you could imagine some kind of fantasy lifestyle where trips to exotic places and …

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a place in history

if you live in new york , you know that this is the biggest small town in the world….i run into people on the streets all the time who are old friends…..i do not say "howdy" to everyone i meet on the street, but this town is small enough that you really can’t get away …

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pinhole journal

arming kids with cameras is not a new concept….it was a "new idea" 30 yrs. ago when jim hubbard created "shooting back" in washington d.c. as a creative response to a creaky art program in the school system of  our nations capital…everyone  loves children’s drawings , and everyone seems to love youngster’s photographs as well…so …

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eniac and “camino real”

eniac was the name of the worlds first computer…..and mexico’s eniac martinez was born at about that time, so his mother thought she would give him a name that fit the times….eniac definitely fits the times, but in a very traditional way….his powerful black & white imagery hearkens to an age of classic documentary in …

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ad shoots

as i mentioned in a previous post, i sometimes do advertising photography…..i am in the middle of such a shoot right now in new york and then on to brazil….this work quite simply pays my bills….but, i must say, they are also usually quite enjoyable…because no client is going to commission me for a studio …

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“uptown” and “ruckus”

    when i started the hip hop story for National Geographic Magazine two years ago, i really did not know where to begin….i was lost…there was not one single rap cd on my shelf….i mean, i was pretty much from the  bob dylan, stones, doors, jerry garcia generation….if it was not for my two …

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