Enter The Dragon

I don’t really follow any form of astrology except at cocktail parties. On this end, the year of the rabbit was appropriately fruitful. Wishing you all a fortuitous end to the Mayan calendar, which is foretold to be a reset, and not a hard stop.

The Law of Unexpected Consequences

Ten years ago, on a beautiful morning in September, my life changed profoundly. Much has been written about that day, and much has happened as a result of two planes crashing into the twin towers of the World Trade Center. Ten years later, it is as difficult for me to write about those events as … Continue reading

Democracy Now!

Amy Goodman is a national treasure.  Her dictum, “Speak truth to power,” is practiced each day from the Democracy Now! studios in Manhattan.  She asks tough questions, and does her homework tirelessly.  Walking around the DN! offices, one notices immediately how studious the atmosphere is.  A large bookshelf separates the kitchen from the intern bullpen, … Continue reading

Loving the Standard/High Line

The Standard Hotel squats muscularly above and over the High Line, a former abandoned stretch of elevated train tracks cutting vertically through Chelsea.  With the development of this much anticipated New York City Park came many prestigious commissions on neighboring properties.  Ennead created an instant landmark in the meatpacking district, a destination to see and … Continue reading

Greenpoint Wastewater Treatment Plant

The largest wastewater treatment facility in New York City is also one of the City’s most striking properties.  Massive digester eggs sparkle in the industrial landscape of northern Brooklyn.  On assignment for TIME, we got the better part of a day to wander about the grounds with Jim Pynn, the plant superintendent. Jim showed us … Continue reading


My first meeting with an editor at Time was in September 2001.  The photo editor was Mary Anne Golon.  We met in her twenty-fourth floor office, every wall filled with images from famous photographers, all signed and dedicated to Mary Anne.  She took about an hour to talk to me about the box of contact … Continue reading

Landmarked Interiors

The good folks at Metropolis gave me a demanding assignment:  photograph at least five landmarked interiors in New York in a short time.  We decided on seven locations to scout initially.  It took a few days to get snapshots of what was immediately accessible.  Of the initial seven locations, only four made the final edit. … Continue reading

Welcome to Architographer

Built  in 1913 by Cass Gilbert for Frank W. Woolworth, it was the original “Cathedral of Commerce,” paid for in cash by Woolworth. By phone from Washington D.C., President Woodrow Wilson turned the lights on in what was at the time the tallest building in the world (792 ft.). With terra-cotta tiles hung from a … Continue reading