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Trump and Biden-Two Magazines, Two Approaches….

Sep 24

In history, Memories at 5:13am

This is not a political blog, saints be praised. I talk about Group A, Channel 1, and stuff like that, not the results of the latest polls. But the life of a photographer is punctuated with encounters, large and small. And you make pictures of these encounters! That’s the job.



Trump for Newsweek, Biden for People. Different magazines, different approaches. Trump was a week long encounter, Biden just a day or so. Trump was in color, with lights and an assistant. Biden was by myself, no flash, working with window light. I’m a generalist, doing what the job requires, so I was comfortable with both approaches. The current, roiled political waters caused me to do a bit of an archive rummage, which was, well, interesting. Read the rest of this entry »

In the News….

Aug 25

In history at 1:04pm


Shot this in 1980, at the Democratic National Convention, Madison Square Garden. The “Man from Plains” had been chosen this night to be the party’s nominee against Ronald Reagan, staving off a challenge from Teddy Kennedy. The night was euphoric and celebratory, but as we all know, Carter didn’t win his second term. He had struggled as president, and the voters reacted.

Think what you will of his presidency, since leaving office he has defined himself as a force for good. I can’t think of another ex-President who has so positively used the leverage of having been President. Sad news he is afflicted with cancer, and I wish him well in this fight.

Photo notes….as always on the final night of the convention, it was a scrum on the floor. I was shooting a 600 and a 300 and trying to stand on a chair, leaning on a monopod for all it was worth, and suffering through the disapproval of the delegates who used creative and colorful language to urge me to get down and out of their sight line. Right next to me was the redoubtable Neil Leifer, who, from that position, made the cover of TIME. I was in the employ of ABC TV at the time and had no idea where my pictures were going. But what I didn’t know was up in rafters, at the command centers of the new operations, the Newsweek crew was scanning the crowd and picked up on me setting up next to Neil. Sue Smith, one of the picture people for the magazine, I believe yelled something like, “I’m gonna kiss Joe McNally on the lips!” (This was how it was relayed to me.)

You see, my editor at ABC was Peter Murray, who had been at Newsweek, and still had loyalty to them. He could direct my take to anybody he wanted. So he would make sure that night Newsweek got first look at my stuff. Didn’t get published, but back then it was so competitive, and Newsweek was always under budget and understaffed relative to TIME, they were ecstatic, as they essentially had just picked up another shooter on the floor, working for them, for free.

Tough take. Pushed tungsten Ektachrome, lost some stuff to being just off on focus. But did get some decent frames.

Long time ago, a happy night for Mr. Carter. Good luck, sir….

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Things That Stay With You

Aug 17

In history, Thoughts at 7:11am

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I had always wanted to meet Julian Bond. He had been a hero of mine since growing up in the sixties. He was a strong, articulate voice for fairness and voting rights, and just plain common sense when it came to the notion of governing. When I photographed him not too long ago, he seemed the picture of health. Now, suddenly, he’s gone. He will be missed. Read the rest of this entry »

Throwback Thursday

May 7

In history at 9:59am


Just visited my old haunts at ABC TV, where the gracious editors let me peruse some of my old pics, and offered me a few scans to have for my archive. I was a staff photographer there during a tumultuous time. Made the first promo pictures of Ted Koppel as they launched Nightline in response to the Iranian hostage crisis. Ted might have had an inkling, but I sure had no idea as I made these in the control room that Nightline was going to go on to become a long running journalistic institution. Read the rest of this entry »


Apr 23

In history, Memories at 3:00pm


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You  know you’ve been in the business a long time when startling, talented newcomers cause waves and news, and you photograph their sterling debuts. And then you see them retire.

So it is with Paloma Herrerra, who I photographed years ago for a story in LIFE. She was then the “baby ballerina” of ABT, incredibly gifted, and young, and poised for greatness.

Below, a portrait, onstage at the Met.


Along with Paloma, Julie Kent is also retiring in the next month or so. I only had one chance to photograph her, below, with Marcelo Gomes.


Also exiting the stage is the vibrant and wonderful Xiomara Reyes, another principal with American Ballet Theater. Seasons of change in the world of dance in NY. Below, their pending departures are noted by the Washington Post and the New York Times.

It was a privilege to have photographed these amazing, talented dancers. Definitely, if possible, go to the ABT website and try to see them before they go.

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