I am a photographer and a journalist who lives in Marin County, California. I've worked in Los Angeles, Nevada, Berkeley and San Francisco, where I was the assistant managing editor for news for more than decade and the founding editor of the newspaper’s web operation.
For the last five years, I've concentrated on documentary photography work in Oaxaca, Mexico. I have been photographing Oaxacan families who have returned to their home towns after living in the United States (working as an assistant to a Fulbright fellow who produced a documentary on the subject, Una Vida, Dos Paises, and photographing the single mothers and children associated with a children’s shelter that was shuttered by the state government amid a wave of abuse allegations. Some of this work was shown last spring at the Centro Fotográfico Manuel Álvarez Bravo in Oaxaca, as part of major exhibition honoring the late documentary photographer Mary Ellen Mark, my friend and mentor.
In Mexico and wherever I travel, I shoot on the street, working mainly with wide angle lenses. Her philosophy is summarized in these words of Mary Ellen: “Photograph the world as it is. Nothing's more interesting than reality.”