How did I get here?

Earlier this week, I marked the 25th anniversary of my move to Philadelphia. Twenty-five years ago tonight I started working at the Philadelphia Daily News, where I spent most of the following 17. My first assignment was to go with three other photographers to Veterans Stadium to cover a Monday Night Football game between the…

The traumatic effects reporting on tragedy can have on journalists

In order to tell a restorative narrative, or any semblance of accurate narrative, understanding the psychological weight of the material is imperative. When the storyteller acknowledges the magnitude of the traumatic material, s/he can use that acknowledgement as both additional information in understanding the story they are telling and as the first step in preventing…

#Aftergram: War in Iraq

For a few weeks in 2004, I was in the thick of the heavist combat I saw during my year with the AP in Iraq, while covering the Battle of Najaf.┬áThis came long before iPhones and Instagram, and before most of what we call social media ever existed. I had been thinking about chronicling my…

Reporting from Ground Zero

So here’s the 9/11 truth, at least when it comes to how I got to make pictures at Ground Zero on September 11th. It took me 12 hours to get from Philadelphia to midtown Manhattan, by train, sometimes hiking and even hitchhiking. I was exhausted in every sense, it seemed like every path was blocked,…

Ground Zero: Then and Now

I was in New York yesterday and the bin Laden news prompted me to take my first walk around Ground Zero in perhaps a couple of years. I stopped at many of the locations I had photographed on 9/11 and took new pictures with my iPhone. In the top photo, FDNY firefighters carry a body…