In 2013, I was invited to Pune, India, by B.K.S. Iyengar to photograph his daily practice. To be fair, I had persistently requested this opportunity for a year or more, and was denied. Yet after another attempt, one cold morning I awoke in Minneapolis, checked my email and learned that I had been granted the permission that I longed for. Within a month or so, I was at Ramamani Iyengar Memorial Yoga Institute–a living yoga master before me at the age of 94, practicing yoga asana. I wrote about my experience here and more extensively in Namarupa Magazine. On August 20th, 2014, this great man and yogi passed on. In the current issue of Yoga Samachar Magazine B.K.S Iyengar is remembered by his students and those dear to him. The 3 pages below feature some of the work from my days with him.
I was recently commissioned by UNICEF to photograph throughout the Mexican state of Jalisco for a report documenting the lives of children in the region. We visited a number of rural and urban sites, though most memorable was the journey to the far north to visit the Wixárika people in the mountainous village of Santa Catarina. Also known as the Huichol, the Wixárika are an indigenous group with a rich spiritual life and mythological cosmology incorporating the use of peyote, long peregrinations, and ancient rituals. The children are vibrant, joyous, curious and full of life…as children are. To me, it felt like a wonderful place to be young and grow.
I was recently assigned to work on a story, “The Standing Rock Sioux fight to get their children back” written by Laura Rena Murray, about the the 1978 Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA) and the way the act plays out in the lives of contemporary Native Americans. I am grateful to Lexi Tiyona and her grandchildren for allowing me into their home and life. The narrative raises many questions and shines light on a complex world, that I personally struggle to resolve in clear cut way. Where is the line between individual and familial rights, the state, and what is best for children? Please read the story here.
I am excited to share my recent interview with Leica camera about my work and experience at the Maha Khumbh Mela in Allahabad, India. To read the entire interview, please look here.
I am excited to announce that 3 of my images from the Maha Kumbh Mela were chosen for the American Photography 30. To see all the winners, visit AI-AP.
A little known fact for gringos: in Mexico, they do not celebrate Cinco de Mayo. But we do! Here is the back page of this month’s Minnesota Monthly, featuring a couple of my photographs of mariachis at Maya on Central Avenue.
Benedictine University in Lisle, Illinois, just opened a group exhibition featuring the recent donations and acquisitions to their permanent collection. One of my photographs from Oaxaca, Mexico, 2008, acquired last fall by curator Teresa Parker, is included in the show. Please take a look if you are in the area!
The Caravan, India’s “Journal of Politics and Culture” features an extended photo essay of my work with the Oro Win Tribe, created in the Brazilian Amazon in 2010. The 12-page spread reminds me of the photo magazines of yesterday…a true pleasure to see so much real estate dedicated to photography! To read the full story in The Caravan, click here.
Childhood Obesity is as relevant today as when I initially photographed this work with Time Magazine in 2009. I am pleased that Popoli Magazine in Italy decided to publish these photographs again for their October issue. We live in an interesting time–when millions of human beings can be starving while simultaneously millions are over-consuming.
I recently had an opportunity to write a short article for Namarupa magazine to go alongside a series of my photographs. “Beauty, Knowledge, Silence” is about my recent encounter with influential yogi B.K.S. Iyengar in Pune, India. To see the article in detail, please visit my site.