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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