One hot and sticky July afternoon, about 25 years ago, I was driving through the back roads of rural Wisconsin when I passed by an overgrown junk yard. Something made me turn around and go back. Inspiration. Armed with a camera my dad had just bought for me and a couple rolls of infrared film I photographed my way through the rusty Fords, corroding Chevys and various other jalopy carcasses – their once-shiny metallic chassis’ rusting away under the blazing sun.
As I composed images of a time past, a feeling of enlightenment came over me. I thought to myself, “This is what I want to do.” -Make pictures that tell stories.
Today, 25 years, 6000 miles, and a few technologies later, I still want to make pictures that tell stories.
My photographic work has appeared in Newsweek, TIme, Esquire, NY Times Magazine, Smithsonian, GQ, Marie Claire, ESPN, People, and more.
My films include Circumcise Me: The Comedy of Yisrael Campbell, Streetball Hafla, Remember Me: Portraits of Holocaust Survivors, Scandal in Ivansk, and features for Channel 4, Discovery, newsweek.com, and wallstreetjournal.com.
I have lived in Jerusalem, Israel since the year 2000.