Thursday, May 29, 2008

Morgan Spurlock

I had a great session with director Morgan Spurlock the other day. Morgan's promoting his recent film Where in the World is Osama bin Laden? and the new season of his FX series 30 Days.
Morgan's 2004 film Super Size Me, turned me off to McDonalds forever.

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

The Hustle

My "Snake Man" photo (an outtake from The Brooklynites) is currently being featured in an exhibition called, The Hustle at the powerHouse Arena. The opening reception is tonight!

The powerHouse Arena and Juxtapoz are pleased invite you to the launch of

The Hustle

Opening Reception: Wednesday, May 28, from 6–9pm
The powerHouse Arena
37 Main Street, Brooklyn, NY 11201
For more information, please call 1-866-99-ARENA

Music by DJ Emz
Mural by HOST18
Drinks Courtesy of Union Beer


Exhibition runs May 22–July 13, 2008
Gallery Hours:Weekdays: 10am–7pm, Weekends: 11am–7pm
A tribute to capitalism in action, The Hustle, is about the art of selling—anything. Selling sex, selling drugs, selling clothes, selling souls, selling dreams, selling schemes, selling anything ‘cause this is America, baby. Held in conjunction with the publication of powerHouse Magazine Issue 3, The powerHouse Arena will be transformed into a Hustler Wall of Fame, with a broad selection of artists contributing their vision of this iconic figure in America culture.

Contributing artists include:
Keiji Ando and Luke Behrends on Dick Cheney, the greatest hustler of our time
Vanessa Bahmani on Rokafella, b-girl extraordinaire
Carlos Batts on April Flores, the biggest beauty of them all
Juliana Beasley on Lapdancers, the ultimate tease
Peter Beste on Scarface, representing Texas Hip Hop since the 80s
Boogie on Chris Nieratko, the greatest American writer of the past twenty minutes
Nicola Cairns on Ewan McNaught, Edinburgh’s finest
Joe Conzo on Grandmaster Caz, hip-hop pioneer and lyricist extraordinaire
Rose Cromwell on Roberto, working the tourist circuit in Panama’s Caribbean islands
DJ Disco Wiz on DJ Disco Wiz, the first Latino hip-hop DJ
Tristan Eaton on J.C. Leyendecker, the greatest American illustrator of the 20th century
Amy Eckert on Ross Shelton, selling the American Dream one mobile home at a time
Ron English on Ronald McDonald
Derek Erdman on the Nigerian 491 Scam, damn those emails
Brian Finke on Bodybuilders, flexing for big bucks
GODLIS on Dee Dee Ramone, punk rock reigns supreme
Arlene Gottfried on Miguel PiƱero, “the junkie Christ,” poet, playwright, and dramatist
Bobby Grossman on Glenn O’Brien, the Style Guy
Tomoaki Hata on Diana, Japanese nightclub personality and drag queen
Jamil GS on Kool Ace, former Nation of Islam member turned Atlanta pimp
Brian Kenny on Go-Go Boys
Ohyun Kwon on Ohyun Kwon, no reason to hustle.
Hilary Knox on the World’s Largest Gun Shoot
Seth Kushner on the Snake Man of Brooklyn
Greg LeFevre on Tupac, the greatest selling rapper of all time
Graham Letorney on Dumar Brown, writer and revolutionary
Slava Mogutin on Go-Go Boys, shaking what they mama gave them
Theresa Ortolani on Stuntmen, burning up the sets
Mark Peterson on the Charity Ball Circuit
Dustin Pittman on Andy Warhol, the world has never been the same
Ricky Powell on King Ad-Rock, the Beastie Boy in his 80s prime
QUIK on Playboy Centerfolds
Joseph Rodriguez on Spanish Harlem Drug Dealers
Sylvia Plachy on Guy Gonzales, original hustler on the Deuce
Stephen Schuster, on Vanessa Del Rio, the first lady of pornography
Udo Spreitzenbarth on Tracy Quan, Manhattan call girl turned novelist extraordinaire
Craig Wetherby on Ricky Powell, the WeeGee of hip hop
Geordie Wood on Clayton III, Central New York drug dealer

Saturday, May 24, 2008

Graphic Novelists Day 18

I had a wonderful time yesterday at the Upper East Side home of Underground Comix legend, Kim Deitch. While music from a bygone era played in the background, I took Kim's portrait, as his immortalized creation, Waldo, looked on.
Kim's books, Alias the Cat, Shadowland and The Boulevard of Broken Dreams are all must-reads.


Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Graphic Novelists Day 17

Today brought me to the East Williamsburg home of cartoonist Lauren Weinstein. Lauren showed me pages from her upcoming book, Goddess of War and it looks beautiful. Meanwhile, check out Lauren's semiautobiographical coming-of-age book, Girl Stories.


Monday, May 12, 2008

Sunday in Brooklyn

I don't usually post about non-photo related aspects of my life, but I had such a great day yesterday, I thought I'd share the experience....and a few photos - it's still a photo blog, after all!
My mother-in-law has been in town visiting from the frozen tundra of Northern Minnesota. So for Mother's Day, Terra and I decided to share with her a few of the great things about our home, Brooklyn.
We started the day at the Brooklyn Flea in Ft. Greene, where I picked up a cool Linus figurine from 1966.
Our next stop was the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, where we caught the last of the Cherry Blossoms.
Then, we met up with our friends Nora and Carlos and we hit the Brooklyn Museum, where we reveled in the eye-popping, candy-coated glory of the Murakami exhibition.
Finally, exhausted, we enjoyed a tasty Cajun dinner at NoNo Kitchen in Park Slope. Whew.


Friday, May 9, 2008

My work - out in the world

The ads I shot for the Toren development are up all over the city. I spotted some very large ones (below, left) at the actual site, and smaller ones (below, right) on 34th St. among other places.

My prints from The Brooklynites exhibition are now on display at Rice, in D.U.M.B.O. They've been up for a couple of months and will probably remain there for a while longer.

Tuesday, May 6, 2008

Graphic Novelists Day 16

I shot Josh Neufeld earlier today. I heard from others that Josh loves having stoop sales, so with that in mind he gathered some items that relate to his work (specifically A.D.: New Orleans After the Deluge) and we set up a faux sale. Thanks to Leland Purvis for the idea.


Friday, May 2, 2008

Graphic Novelists Day 15

Yesterday I did a re-shoot with Leland Purvis. Several people who know Leland have told me that the earlier shoot didn't capture his personality accurately. I believe the latest attempt works better.