PX3 2019 | If the dress fits...

“America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves.” 

- Abraham Lincoln 

As I write this, Piper Theatre is presenting the World Premiere of John P. McEneny’s “The Lincoln Dress.” It’s a ghost story inspired by the mysterious disappearance of the cursed dress worn by Clara Harris on the night of Abraham Lincoln’s assassination. Harris was seated next to Lincoln in the Presidential Box at the Ford Theatre. Her dress was stained with his blood. 

We (myself, McEneny, Vasile Flutur, Aaron Novak, Annie Montgomery, and Bettina Goolsby ) made these haunting portraits to mark the beginning of the play’s global tour. They are inspired by Alexander Gardner’s mugshots of John Wilkes Booth’s co-conspirators. Gardner’s haunting photos were taken in the days leading up to the July 7th, 1865 execution of Lewis Powell, Mary Surratt, David Herold, and George Atzerodt.

Today I learned that our photos were honored by the Prix de la Photographie Paris. We are deeply thankful for the consideration, humbled to be included in this extraordinary chorus of artists. 

In this modern age of technological and scientific advances, it is art, creativity, and especially photography and its ability to focus our attention on the issues and events transpiring around us that is helping to keep us anchored to our humanity, to our compassion, even to our sense of humor.” 

- Hossein Farmani, Founder and President of PX3.

To learn more about “The Lincoln Dress” CLICK HERE.

and to see more of the outstanding work honored by the PX3 this year, CLICK HERE.

Season of Change | Nov 18

This November, I find myself awash in change. It’s in the air, in the light, profoundly echoed in those who’s lives touch mine. This is my niece, and these are images from a park not far from her house. My niece was the first of her generation to really impact my life. She helped me find the uncle in me. And now she’s on her way to college, on her way. These are the never dry fields of Bear Creek Pioneers Park, for 40 years the home of the Harris County Fair. 2016 was it’s last. Hurricane Harvey made sure of that.

They are together here because they share a place and as images they offer my humble expression of hope, transformation, and a certain communion of understanding.

The Newswomen's Club of New York

This week I had the great honor of having my work included in the Newswomen's Club of New York 2017 Spring Photography Show (and Auction). 

"Established in 1922, The Newswomen’s Club of New York is the only professional organization exclusively for women journalists in the New York metropolitan area. Our membership includes women who work in newspapers, magazines, radio, television, photography and new media. As the news industry undergoes rapid change, we strive to uphold the values that are the hallmarks of good journalism, maintaining the public trust."

Grand Army Plaza

Grand Army Plaza is a gateway to Prospect Park, really a gateway to the Brooklyn that lies outside of the shadows of it's more notorious cousins. When you rise above it, and look back, it all seems so small, this epic theater where we immigrants have come to prove something to ourselves and the world.