U.S. News and World Report ROSARITO, Mexico — At the sprawling beachfront Las Rocas Resort and Spa in the Mexican state of Baja California, the restaurant El Mesón serves up American-style pizza and Mexican seafood accompanied by a breathtaking view of the Pacific. To drum up more business, the restaurant is running a new campaign … Continue reading America’s Renegade Retirees
The Atlantic Monthly | November 23, 2015 Dozens of schools around the U.S. are opting to ditch the traditional school structure altogether to motivate teens in new ways—and it seems to be working. by Erin Siegal McIntyre Nothing in particular stands out about the two adjoining rooms at South Burlington High School, one littered with … Continue reading What Happens When Students Create Their Own Curriculum?
Guernica Magazine | December 1, 2014 It’s unclear how the two-year-old broke her femur, Dr. Napoleon Castillo Molinedo told me. The Guatemalan pediatrician regularly saw the child, identified as “Karen Abigail Lopéz García” in his office records, for check-up appointments and vaccinations. Firing up a weary PC, the doctor retrieved Karen’s old records, printing out … Continue reading The Limits of Jurisdiction
Fusion.net | "Not All Kids Are Equal: Central American Kids Get Court Dates, Mexicans Get The Boot" When I meet Kevin* inside a Tijuana shelter, he stares straight into my eyes and asks me an urgent question. Can you pass me over there? He’s slender, 16, and the words fall from his mouth without pause. He’s been here on … Continue reading Not All Kids Are Equal: Central American Kids Get Court Dates, Mexicans Get The Boot
For TakePart.com | Earlier this year, a 13-year-old boy was taken into U.S. Customs and Border Patrol custody in Hidalgo, Tex., separated from his sister, and placed in a holding cell among adult men for three days. According to a complaint filed in June by the ACLU in conjunction with four other nonprofits, two adults in the cell … Continue reading Read These Kids’ Horrifying Tales of Abuse in U.S. Detention Facilities
"Immigration and assimilation: Finding a cultural foothold in a gang," by Erin Siegal McIntyre, from the July 7, 2013 cover story package on immigration for the Christian Science Monitor. In 1979, at age 7, Alex Sanchez and his younger brother left El Salvador. They didn't want to immigrate to theUnited States, but they had no choice. Five years … Continue reading “Immigration and assimilation: Finding a cultural foothold … in a gang” | Christian Science Monitor, July 7, 2013
For Playboy Magazine, "Deported Warriors," co-byline with Luis Alberto Urrea | Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico. Big Pac-Man still tucks his trousers into his high black jump boots. He learned to do this at jump school in the Army. He posts photos of jumps on Facebook—high up, looking down on paratroopers as they drop, Fort Bragg tiny … Continue reading Latest Clip: Playboy Magazine (Feature + Photos)
To some, steering a big yellow bus along the same city route day after day isn't a highly attractive career. But for Angelica Dimas, who illegally crossed the border into the United States from her native Tijuana, Mexico, in 1981, the opportunity to work as a bus driver in San Diego was a dream realized. "I was so excited, so happy," … Continue reading LATEST CLIP: Cover Story, Christian Science Monitor
There's a profile of photographer Camille Seaman that I wrote in the December 2012 issue of O Magazine. They also featured me and interviewed me as a contributor,
This Sunday, I went to a bullfight at the Bullring by the Sea in Playas de Tijuana. It was my first one, and perhaps my last. I hadn't expected the bulls to die so slowly, or express so much pain. After they've been stabbed, their tongues loll out of their mouths, wagging back and forth. … Continue reading Corrida de Toros
Mock cover design!
BAXTER, Minn. — Beechestore and Rosecarline, two Haitian teenagers in the throes of puberty, were not supposed to be adopted. At the end of last year, American authorities denied the petition of a couple here, Marc and Teresa Stroot, to adopt the brother and sister after their biological father opposed relinquishing custody. Reluctantly, Mr. and … Continue reading Contributed Reporting: NYT cover story
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I'm speechless. After just six days- six!!- of my book being listed on Kickstarter, I've reached my target funding goal of $3,000. As of today, a grand total of fifty-five people have chipped in, contributing anything from five to five hundred dollars. I really didn't expect everything to happen so fast, but because it did, … Continue reading Up, up, and away!
Check out the details, and donate a buck or two if you can! And yup, that's Fernanda herself. I took this picture of her back in January 2008, when I started reporting in Guatemala. Can a kid get any cuter? I'm honestly not sure. Anyway, to support my work, please check out the project profile … Continue reading “Finding Fernanda” is on Kickstarter!
I recently photographed images for dancer Alicia Ohs' upcoming dance theatre works, which are the culmination of her residency. Good luck, Alicia!
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Yup, this is an old TED talk, but I thought I'd post because Taryn Simon is one of my very favorite photographers. I adore her work so much I'd even intern for her (well, almost). Her books An American Index of the Hidden and Unfamiliar and The Innocents are both worth picking up. Here's one of … Continue reading Taryn Simon TED talk
Photo work tends to take a back seat. For now, my snapping is limited to the occasional assignment from my wonderful agency in New York, Redux Pictures, and some freelance clients. In terms of personal work, well, my head is pretty much swimming with information related to the investigations I'm unravelling in my upcoming book. … Continue reading When you’re writing a book…
So I heard about a protest happening just minutes away from my block in Oakland for Earth Day, and decided to check it out. Click here to read my blog post for the New York Times Bay Area Blog!
Yep, it's in German. Full article here!
Q. How many photographers does it take to cover an earthquake? A. Too many for me to count accurately... But here's a stab at a roll call, gleaned from clips and discussions on Lightstalkers and various photo agency blogs... Michael Appleton, NYT, Ozier Mohammed, NYT, Damon Winters, NYT, Ruth Fremson, NYT, Fred Conrad, NYT, Tim Fadek, TIME magazine, Keith Marlowe, LIFE, Jim … Continue reading Haiti: Photographer Roll Call
More street art, Guatemala City
They lined a building that took up an entire block... Some of them had bunny ears- or donkey ears, according to my Guatemalan friend.
One of my best friends, Eros Hoagland, recounts an experience covering war in Afghanistan on the New York Times' At War blog. Photos by Eros Hoagland
What might be my last art crush of 2009: The beautiful "Chilenization of Photography" blog. by Fernando Melo, from his collection "Concepción fotográfica" (Photographic Conception) by Rosario Montero Prieto, from the gorgeous series "Habitaciones Paranoicas" (Paranoid Rooms) by Marco Fredes, from the series "Cuasimodos" (Quasimodos, a central Chilean religious celebration on the Sunday after Easter)
Yup, it's true: I'm a Redux contributor! For almost four years, I've been working towards becoming an official contributor, instead of just one of the many photographers who sells stock through the agency. The confidence and faith of both founder Marcel Saba and agent Jasmine DeFoore has been wonderfully inspiring and encouraging.
This one slipped by me, from last November!
The accompanying article is here. And here's an outtake!
The article is here.
There's a brand new, pro-bono network "that connects qualifying online journalism ventures and digital media creators with lawyers willing to provide legal services on a pro bono or reduced-fee basis. OMLN supports promising ventures and innovative thinkers in online and digital media by providing access to legal help that would otherwise be unavailable." It's the Online … Continue reading Online Media Legal Network
Well, today I'm getting my FOIA requests in order, one of which is being sent to the FBI. They're the government agency crowned with George Washington University's National Security Archive's "Rosemary Awards" this past March for “outstandingly bad responsiveness to the public that flouts the letter and spirit of the Freedom of Information Act” (FOIA). The … Continue reading FOIA’ing the FBI
I'm supposed to be editing, doing another few passes through those same 80 pages. The latest in procrastination methodology? Capturing benign little yellow warblers acting viciously towards one another. Sure, they look cute... GET AWAY FROM MY PERCH! My boyfriend, also a photojournalist, just looked at me and smirked. "What, now you're a nature photographer?" … Continue reading Flight of Procrastination
So I'm off into the relative wilderness (ok, so that's a stretch, but there's no cell service!) of Gualala, California for awhile, with the goal of whipping 80 pages of writing into decent shape. Gualala is in Mendocino county,three hours north of the Bay Area. Here's where I'll be in lockdown: Unfortunately, here's what's outside: … Continue reading Self-imposed Isolation: Gualala Writing Retreat
I've been invited, for the second year, to apply for the PDN 30. I'm not sure who nominated me, but I'd bet it's the good folks over at Redux. Check out the full gallery from 2009 here. Last year, I passed on sending in work. Since I was just embarking on a year of grad … Continue reading Invited to PDN 30
Finally, I'm finished with grad school and back to work! My first assignment back in the photo world was for the New York Times last month. I met NYT reporter Jim Dao in Santa Clara, California, to work on a piece about Vietnam veterans from the 11th Armored Cavalry's Alpha Troop. Alpha Troop was awarded the … Continue reading Latest Tear: New York Times
No more questions, intrepid reporters!
Outside grate. Chairs in the second floor press conference room.