Photographed at Rangeley Lakes, Maine
William Wegman is one of the world’s most successful contemporary artists, masterfully mixing high art with pop culture. This essay is the result of three days spent together with his family—including his famed canine muses—at his retreat in Rangeley, Maine. So much of what goes on at the Wegman household seems like some kind of unusual ballet. There’s a gentle flow to the movements there, and the lakes’ broad, shimmering expanses of water and the sparkling light lend it all a distinctly idyllic feel.
Published: The Bark Magazine
Photographed at Carnegie Hall, the Metropolitan Opera, NYC, and the Gran Teatre del Liceu, Barcelona
I’ve had the good fortune to photograph the multi-Grammy and Olivier Award winning ‘Yankee Diva’, aka Joyce DiDonato, many times over the past few years. Her composure under pressure, devotion to philanthropic work, and willingness to push the boundaries of the art form are awe inspiring. The epitome of the modern woman, DiDonato is an exceptional and yet accessible icon.
Opera, is about “bringing truth and beauty and astonishment to people, while reminding everyone who feels ignored or shunned or diminished that, actually, there’s something bigger out there.” — Joyce DiDonato
Photographed at the Dance Theater of Harlem, and Irondale Center, Brooklyn, NY
Born and raised in a favela of Rio de Janerio, this 28 year-old rising star of ballet began her career at the age of 8, through a groundbreaking social program that seeks out students in disadvantaged neighborhoods. The odds against her, Ingrid flourished under rigorous training. By 18, she had earned the chance to study at the prestigious Dance Theater of Harlem where she was elevated to a company member in 2013. Soon after, the ballerina brought home a spirited French Bulldog as eccentric as her namesake, Frida Kahlo. Silva credits Frida with helping to maintain her balance as she navigates the demanding life of a professional dancer.
Published: Four and Sons Magazine
Photographed in Toronto, On Location for Hulu’s The Handmaid’s Tale
A nomad by nature, the award-winning costume designer Ane Crabtree goes where the business takes her. As focused, intellectual and intense as she is peripatetic, Crabtree creates a kind of working sanctuary wherever she lands. I visited Crabtree and her adopted Catahoula-mutt in Toronto during the filming of Hulu’s acclaimed dystopian drama, The Handmaids Tale. The hit series garnered multiple Emmy and Golden Globe awards for its first season, with Crabtree earning the prestigious Costume Designers Guild Award for her work. The show has also become a cultural phenomenon, galvanizing feminist activists worldwide. This look behind the scenes provided a rare glimpse into Crabtree’s colorful world.
Published: Four and Sons Magazine
Photographed in Bushwick, Queens and Verona, Italy
A master of intricate craftsmanship and invention, the American-born Jacob Hashimoto works out of a sprawling former umbrella factory in Bushwick, Queens. Over the course of several months, I documented the evolution and installation of his site-specific exhibition “Never Comes Tomorrow” which made its debut at Studio la Citta in Verona, Italy. The work featured here reflects his fascination with the correlation between space, time, and the astral dynamics of planets and constellations.
Photographed at STREB Lab for Action Mechanics, Brooklyn, NY
Since she opened her first dance studio in a rat infested loft in Soho in the early 70’s, Elizabeth Streb has sought to explore and redefine movement, with dramatic results. Now, at 68, she remains a kinetic figure with a commanding presence and the warmth of your favorite auntie. Streb no longer dances regularly with her company, comprised of ‘action heroes’, and once you see her dancers in performance or rehearsal (or even on video), it becomes clear that her works are created for the young—with nerves of steel. Strength, courage, extreme agility, stamina and the desire to fly, are all requirements for the job. The action is intense, risky and punishing, but Streb and her dancers exude perpetual devotion to their craft and an appetite for more.
Photographed at the artist’s studio in Los Angeles, CA
Saar wakes early and as soon as her feet hit the floor, she’s already made plans for what she’ll create that day. At 91, Saar remains prolific, and though her groundbreaking work, she continues to confront inequality and identity as fearlessly as she did in the turbulent 1960’s. This series of images was taken as Saar prepared for a series of high profile exhibitions.
“I was really motivated by the assassination of Martin Luther King in 1968. Before that I hadn’t felt any pressure to make political art. My field in education had been design, and I’d first become involved in printmaking, then started doing other things — portraits, landscapes. But the death of Martin Luther King really did it. The images on television were pretty brutal. You saw the police at war with protesters who just wanted to eat where they wanted or sit on a bus where they wanted. I was a mom with three kids at home; I couldn’t go on marches, but I used my art to release emotional feelings of anger and resentment…The thing in our country is that people haven’t accepted that racism affects all lives.” — Betye Saar
Photographed in Paris, France
Not much past 6 a.m., and before the sun has kissed Paris’ glorious rooftops, pastry chef Sébastien Gaudard and his charming Jack Russell, Hot Dog, are out the door, and making their way via scooter to Gaudard’s eponymous pâtisserie on the Rue des Martyrs.
A second generation pâtissier born 300km from Paris in the Lorraine region, Gaudard is as devoted to reinterpreting classic French pastries as he is to seeking out the best ingredients the world has to offer. With his name gracing his jewel-box-like shop in Montmartre and salon de the´ near the Louvre, Gaudard is living his dream, as is Hot Dog, who is surely one of the best fed pups in the City of Light.
Published: Four and Sons Magazine
Photographed at the artist’s studio, Soho, NYC
Ben Schonzeit is one of originators of the photorealist movement born out of the turbulent late 60’s and early 70’s, and his arresting, lyrical paintings can be found in the collections of prominent art institutions and galleries worldwide.
While his photorealist work has brought him the most acclaim, the breadth and depth of Schonzeit’s canon cannot be easily categorized. He is a self described polymath whose work can range from cubist to surrealist and back to photorealist again.
His artistic energies are rarely at rest. When he’s not painting a monumental photorealist canvas, or creating miniature watercolor masterpieces on the corners of blank envelopes, he’s fashioning sculptures from found objects that threaten to dance off the workbench on which they’ve assembled.