Category Archives: Portraits

Anatomy of an Annual Report Cover

Alnylam Pharmaceutical is a biotech firm in Cambridge, MA. I have photographed their annual report for the last five years. There are usually two components to the assignment; the first centered around an idea or theme and tied into a fairly demanding graphic; the second a very free form visual record of the company at that time. This year the theme was focus. The graphic solution entailed having eyes and action in the center of a vertical, with room at the top a bottom for type and text.

There were chosen players and it all had to be setup. The cover was supposed to adhere to the same criteria, but incorporate warmth and accessibility as well. That is all about casting (in this case finding). I try to avoid faking nice. Tatiana is a natural. I brought a lab mate in for entertainment and occasionally interjected some bon mots to keep things lively.

… and we ended up here:

Designer: Michael Persons … Gill Fishman Design.

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Silence is Golden … sometimes

Any portrait is a process of discovery for me. I talk a lot and ask a lot of questions. The upside is that I get reaction and a fluid energy. My chatter wasn’t working with this guy. Needing to change something, I asked him to simply talk to me about something important to him. My silence created a place for him to be. Silence … live and learn

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Portrait of a DC Troublemaker

I have done a lot of work for a very large law firm in Boston. A few years ago I had a chance to photograph many of their first year associates for a recruiting brochure. In the course of the interactions, I asked a lot of them if they loved the law. Not one answered affirmatively.

I have shot 4 of the last 6 covers for The Law School … an annual publication for NYU, usually featuring their most distinguished graduates or professors. These guys love the law. This year was no exception.

Neil Barofsky is a born troublemaker. A relentless investigator, a creative and fearless prosecutor, he has made trouble for Columbian druglords and powerful financiers. Most recently, he has been assigned the task (by the Obama Administration) of finding out what happened to that 400 billion dollar TARP give away in late 2008 and early 2009. It seems noone had bothered to ask. As nothing is simple for anyone with strong moral compass in Washington DC, he is ruffling feathers in many different government neighborhoods. He is a very low key, nice guy. He is, also, very busy.

Neil graciously gave us a two hour window. The art director and myself scouted early in the morning and pulled off 5 situations. I like working fast … things don’t get too fussy. My assistants tell me their worst nightmare is me with time on my hands. No problems here.

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