Great photographers don't just show you
what you've never seen,
they also tell you what you've never heard.
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 derived 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 40 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. I am always ready to travel.
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