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Newt and Boy, 2001.

In July, Fortune Magazine hired me to photograph a security checkpoint at the Dallas/Fort Worth Airport. This was to be published in their 9/11 issue last week but since the economy took a turn for the worse these pictures got bumped and sadly only one image ran on the Ipad app.

Photographing the TSA was an enlightening experience knowing the traveler’s side as well as I do.  With only a few exceptions, I have thought they are generally professional in light of the sheer number of people they have to deal with all day. But I am more in awe of the everyday folks that I see going through security. Business people, elderly, mothers or fathers traveling alone with their children as well as big families are more than accommodating, dutifully taking off their shoes, getting the pat down and/or being screened by a machine that is, let’s face it, pretty scary. Even with strobes set up all over the checkpoint and my trusty 8×10 camera, the line never slowed down, which was my worst fear. I had one assistant positioned on the pre-screened side asking, “Do you want to be photographed, yes or no?” and another on the other side obtaining release forms. Did many people say no? I would say about 80% said yes…  That’s fewer yeses than I normally get when I am just out shooting especially for a magazine, but not bad for people in a hurry.

Ryan Dunn hanging from parking garage, 2002.

You have probably heard the tragic news that Jackass daredevil, Ryan Dunn died in a fiery car crash early monday morning. At the heart of the comedy and stunts was a very tight-knit group of guys.  I had the pleasure of meeting Bam, Ryan and a couple other cast members in the Fall of 2002 shooting a cover for the Village Voice.  They were super laid back really just having fun. The news, especially seeing Bam is heartbreaking. Here are two shots showing them in happier times. My heart goes out to Ryan’s family and all the cast members.

Bam Margera and Ryan Dunn shooting on the street, 2002.

…with designer John Korpics on a photo editor last week.  I saw he mentioned my name among others.  I am happy to be on John’s mind.

I like to celebrate business as much as to show the reality of it. I love using people like Ben Baker, Greg Miller and Gregg Segal because their portraits do just that, they celebrate the individual, elevate them to almost heroic proportions.

You can see the full text of the interview here. Fortune photo editor Alix Colow hired me recently to photograph the IBM CEO, Sam Palmisano.  Here is an outtake from the shoot.

Sam Palmisano in his New York Office shot for Fortune Mag in December.

Some of my favorite-jobs-ever came while John was at Esquire including my Jesus shoot with then photo editor Nancy Jo Iacoi.