Hands Down, The Eyes Have It
In 1991, after finishing my graduate studies at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, I needed to create a photographic identity for myself. I had applied to be a member of the famous Magnum Photo Agency in Paris but was relectant to join a coopertive where the more seasoned members got "first dibs" on the best assignments. I had signed on with a few photography stock agencies but never felt I could keep tabs on the sales of my images and for how much they received. In the late 80s I was primarily shooting with a used Leica M2 because it was an old-fashioned camera that didn't scare off potential subjects. I wanted to be as invisible possible, unassuming, and not impose
myself on the scenes from daily life from which I derrived so much pleasure. This photograph by Andreas Feininger, 1951 of photojournalist Dennis Stock, struck me as exactly the visual metaphor I needed to convey my philosophy. Photographers see the world through two lenses; one, given to us at birth, and the second, adopted by choice. When you photograph with a Leica, you typically use your right eye to frame the image while simultaneously using your left eye to see a wider view of the scene at large. This allows one to better anticipate the unfolding action; what the famed French photographer Henri Cartier-Bresson would coin as "the decisive moment."
After "Brooklyn Kings" was published I had ideas for new books. I taught myself Adobe InDesign in order to deliver fully mocked-up to present to publishers.
I am a tournament chess player with a passion for the noble game. If you're looking for match, call me, anytime.
I have penned screenplays for "Brooklyn Kings", "Get Some" and a new novel I am keeping close to the chest. But be sure it will be a head-banger.
I have a wife and two young children. Who has time to play games? If you need me, I am there. And when I am not working for you I am playing with them.
I have worked for many excellent companies in my 39 years behind the lens. Here are a few images.
I remember overhearing a young photographer saying he would always underbid any competition. I asked him what he would do when the competion did the same? Eventually you reduce yourself to pennies and no one makes any money.
Crabs in a Barrel
An agency for Ford Motors once called me to ask if I could do an ad at Howard Univeristy for $9,000. I said sure, when do you need me? They said it wasn't necessary, the original photographer changed his quote. He was on the party line.
100.000 CFA for a piece of paper? I don't think so, she said. I asked the woman if she bought art based on the color of her sofa?"
Potential Art Buyer
I am a New York photographer presently based in Dakar, Sénégal and always ready to travel.
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