Saturday, June 21, 2014

Recently published work / The Sun and Sojourners

A photo of mine of a cellblock in the old Baltimore Prison is illustrating an article in the July 2014 issue of the Sun magazine. The photograph was originally made on assignment for AFSCME, the union that represents the corrections officers who work there.

I also have work in the July 2014 issue of Sojourners, documenting the innovative icon painter, Brother Robert Lentz. Brother Lentz's work is both traditional and groundbreaking at the same time. He depicts a wide range of people he finds bearers of sacred light and action, many of whom are not Christian, or are outside of the generally traditional world of Catholic saints (Cesar Chavez, Gandhi, Einstein, Rumi, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr...), though many of these holy men and women of the church are also glowingly depicted in this time-hallowed format. His meticulous craft level, his sincere devotion to the work, and the radiantly meditative beauty of the finished paintings, is deeply moving to me.

Thank you to Brother Lentz, and to art director Ed Spivey of Sojourners, for this opportunity.

Brother Lent'z beautiful work can be seen and purchased (in reproduction) at a reasonable cost through Trinity Stores.

Friday, June 20, 2014

New Champions Magazine covers

Four new covers I shot for SKILLSUSA's Champions magazine.

Thanks to Tom Hall of SkillsUSA.

Monday, June 02, 2014

American Musical Royalty

I had the opportunity to document a distinguished group of musicians who recorded prior to 1972. They were lobbying on Capitol Hill for fair treatment and royalties for their work played on satellite and digital radio.

Pictured are Martha Reeves (Motown great, sans the Vandellas), Gene Chandler (the Duke of Earl), Roger McGuinn (Byrds), Sam Moore (Sam & Dave), Mark Farner (Grand Funk Railroad), and Richie Furay (Poco, Buffalo Springfield). Also along (though not pictured here) were famed rock manager/producer David Spero and Otis Redding's daughter, Karla Redding.

Congressman John Conyers
Lovely people all.

I was particularly taken with Dr. Reeves, who sings pretty much all the time. And, Lord have mercy, that woman can surely sing.

I trust that with the help of their coalition, which met with Congressmen John Conyers (pictured, last in the series), Steny Hoyer,  George Holding, and others, that they will get fair compensation for the broadcast use of their recorded performances.

Check out SoundExchange and Project 72 to learn more about the issue.

Thanks to all of these artists, and to Marie Farrar Knowles and CEO Michael Huppe of SoundExchange.