World Refugee Day Music Festival

For World Refugee Day, I was invited to the Brooklyn Conservatory of Music to photograph their annual festival celebrating music and culture from around the globe. Now, more than ever in this country, it is increasingly important to celebrate our similarities. Every culture has music, food, and traditions that are important to how they interact in their world. This event took place at the conservatory and included 4 floors of performances, face painting, and traditional cuisine on each level. 

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Where Newspapers go to Die

Did you know that a morgue exists for newspapers? I didn't. Not until I visited the storage space for The New York Times where old articles revealing Joe DiMaggio's salary reside next to obituaries of once prominent New Yorkers. Steve Lohr, journalist at the Times for over 40 years, has a collection of 4,000 books in his home and is also a huge fan of his kindle. Mr. Lohr shared memories of how he researched stories in the beginning of his career compared to how he researches today. The differences are worlds apart.

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 Steve Lohr, NY Times journalist, sits for portrait inside "The Morgue" — a storage facility for archival news.

Steve Lohr, NY Times journalist, sits for portrait inside "The Morgue" — a storage facility for archival news.

 Steve Lohr digs for old articles and photos in "The Morgue."

Steve Lohr digs for old articles and photos in "The Morgue."

 Steve Lohr now researches and writes all his articles online.

Steve Lohr now researches and writes all his articles online.

 

 

How Technology transformed the world of comic books.

Last week I photographed George Gustines, a New York Times employee and avid comic book collector. I was instantly reminded of my love for comic books and the influence they had on my life as a creative. I visited Mr. Gustines in his home on the Upper West Side and he shared his rituals with me. One ritual in particular involves waking up at 5am on the day of new releases. In addition to being a collector he is also writes reviews about comic books. He's even been illustrated in a few. The dedication is real.

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  George Gustines reads the latest edition of comics on his tablet in his home office on the Upper West Side.

George Gustines reads the latest edition of comics on his tablet in his home office on the Upper West Side.

  Mr. Gustines serves me water in a Green Lantern glass. Upper West Side.

Mr. Gustines serves me water in a Green Lantern glass. Upper West Side.

  Mr. Gustines reads The Lone Ranger on his tablet. Upper West Side.

Mr. Gustines reads The Lone Ranger on his tablet. Upper West Side.

 

 

As Starbucks closes for bias training, black-owned coffee shops open their doors wider.

In response to Starbucks closing their doors for bias training, I was sent to Philadelphia on assignment to photograph Black-Owned coffee shops. The difference between the smaller shops and Starbucks is their mission revolves around diversity. I met Blew Kind, owner of Franny Lou's Porch, who discussed the role her community plays in the success of her shop. Her patrons donate books, art supplies, and furniture. For Ms. Kind, diversity includes making her shop family friendly as well. What was really interesting about her shop were the myriad of black authored books. She even has specialty drinks named after prominent black and latino leaders.

After Franny Lou's, we visited Quaker City Cafe and met with co-owners Christian Dennis and Bob Logue. Their mission is to hire employees who have criminal records in order to give them an employable skill and a fresh start upon re-entry into society.

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  Blew Kind, owner of Franny Lou's Porch, sits with her 3-year-old daughter, Rosetta.

Blew Kind, owner of Franny Lou's Porch, sits with her 3-year-old daughter, Rosetta.

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  Christian Dennis and Bob Logue, co-owners of Quaker City Coffee, sit outside their coffee shop in Philadelphia

Christian Dennis and Bob Logue, co-owners of Quaker City Coffee, sit outside their coffee shop in Philadelphia

  Jayson McCoy, a barista at Quaker City Coffee, tends to a customer.

Jayson McCoy, a barista at Quaker City Coffee, tends to a customer.