December 2015 Newsletter with upcoming events.
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December 2015 Newsletter



The morning after the November 13th, 2015 terrorist attacks in Paris, I anxiously walked toward the Bataclan concert hall. As I made my way from Saint Germain, past Bastille and toward boulevard Voltaire, I was surprised by how much normal activity I encountered. Cafés and businesses were open, and people were reclaiming the streets. This unexpected normalcy continued all the way to within 50 meters of the attack site. There I found dozens of television crews, tightly arranged elbow-to-elbow around police cordons.

I walked away, and for the next three days I crisscrossed Paris on foot with my camera. Away from the police scenes, memorials and television crews I found uncommon resilience. Despite a night of unthinkable tragedy, Paris remained defiantly seductive.

View the feature and interview on the CNN website, or a wider selection on my website »


High in Peru's Andes mountains sits Cerro de Pasco, a 400-year old city which is being devoured from its very center by an expanding open-pit mine.

The two months that I lived in Cerro de Pasco—meeting it's lead-poisoned children and surveying the wounded land—often felt like I was living in parable. Everyone in the city knew that the dragon was eating it's own tail, slowly consuming it's wealth, along with the health of the mine workers, their friends and families.

Neighborhoods near the open-pit are on the verge of being swallowed. Heaps of mine tailings laced with lead are continually deposited next to playgrounds and schools. People walk for hours for access to clean water or dip into tainted industrial pipelines for their washing.

Since the mine is central to the city's economy, few people want it to be completely shut down. What they want is for the Volcan mining company to conduct their operations responsibly.

See the feature published on National Geographic or a wider selection on my website »


Featuring Blue Sky Days

29 Jan. to 24 April, 2016

Mildred Lane Kemper
Art Museum

Skinker & Forsyth Boulevards
St. Louis, MO 63130

As a winner of the World Press Photo AwardBlue Sky Days continues to appear in exhibitions around the globe.

Upcoming show venues include:
• Los Angeles, 10 Dec. to 3 Jan.
• Barcelona, 12 Nov. to 13 Dec.
• Tel Aviv, 11 Dec. to 16 Jan.

See more exhibition locations

Several media reviewed and covered my recent Blue Sky Days exhibitions in France including L'Expresse, France 2 Télé MatinFrance 3, and a video team from the Bayeux-Calvados Awards.

 The exhibitions took place in Bayeux and Paris during September and October.
Live television interviews about my Blue Sky Days drone photo project were broadcast on France 24 on September 4, 2015. The interview in French was conducted by Louise Dupont, and the English interview was lead by Eve Jackson.

 We spoke about the rise of drones and also discussed the global reaction to the photo of Aylan Kurdi, a Syrian refugee boy who drowned while attempting to travel from Turkey to Europe.
The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art has acquired two large-format (100cm x 66cm) limited-edition analogue prints from my Blue Sky Days drone project for their permanent collection. 

 Notable artists represented in the Nelson-Atkins photography collection in Kansas City, Missouri include such prominent 20th-century names as Alfred Stieglitz, Edward Steichen, Edward Weston, Charles Sheeler, André Kertész, Dorothea Lange, Walker Evans, Harry Callahan, Robert Frank, W. Eugene Smith, and Diane Arbus.

The analogue prints were created via a special process developed by Sebastiao Salgado’s long-time lab technician, Philippe Bachelier.

Digital files from my drone were meticulously turned into 4×5 inch negatives by Bachelier, then printed on a traditional gelatin-silver enlarger in Paris.
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