On Assignment II

Here’s another round of selects and outtakes from Wall Street Journal assignments this summer. The subjects include former Lehman Brothers employees, a record exec’s workout, a fashion designer, a journalist who lost her husband in Pakistan, a woman whose husband moved to Iraq for work, public smokers, a day trader that made $200 million during the recession, and a family that’s losing their afterschool care.

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On Assignment I

Much of the summer, I’ve spent shooting assignments for The Wall Street Journal. I love daily journalism — meeting new folks, hearing their stories and taking their photos. Here’s a selection of pictures from assorted stories.

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This last story was my favorite. Midge Wilker was diagnosed advanced colon cancer. After months of depression, she decided to quit focusing on death and appreciate the life she had. Truly a beautiful woman.

A Cacophonous Farewell

Lyssa was my first roommate in New York. I arrived on the doorstep of 221 like a lost boy. She took me in and shared her home, food and friends. We had some rough times and lost a great one. But in those two years we learned a lot about each other and ourselves. Last month, Lyssa left Brooklyn in search of the good life in Berkeley, Calif. We had four straight nights of going away parties. And today is another cause for celebration because Lyssa turns 30. Happy birthday, darlin’.

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French Montana

I recently photographed rapper French Montana for Issue 63 of The FADER. He’s homies with Akon and Jadakiss and is trying to hustle his way onto a major label. That’s the way out Mott Haven projects where we spent the afternoon.

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Demasstication

Demassek only plays about once a year and it’s almost impossible to find any recordings of them. Their elusiveness makes them almost mythical and well worth shooting. It’s like chasing a unicorn, only with more spilt beer, broken glass and heavy guitar riffs. It was Brandy’s 30th birthday that was the catalyst for this show at Cake Shop.

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