Shantel Walker for The New York Times

Yesterday I went to meet Shantel Walker near her house in Bedstuy. She is a Papa John’s worker and an activist of the Fast Food Justice organization. 

Read the piece here.

My day had started a tad earlier, at 7.13am to be exact, when i received the following text from my beloved editor Leslie Dela Vega, one of the very few people in this industry who can wake me up without physically and/or emotionally endangering themselves.

A short while and a few cups of coffee later, I jumped in a cab with literally just a camera strapped to my neck.

At 11.20, I was done shooting, edited on my laptop on the bumpy ride back, had a quick fight with The New York Times’s Ftp server which i subsequently won. 

Leslie had the photos on her desk at 12.25, and i was finally able to shower.

And this morning, I woke up with a picture in The New York Times.

Which always feels kinda good when you’re originally from Place de Clichy.

Sebastian Junger for the Wall Street Journal

The Wall Street Journal got me a very short sitting with Sebastian Junger earlier this month for Alex Wolfe’s Weekend confidential (read it here).  

We shot in and around The half king, a restaurant he co-owns in Chelsea and it felt a bit like trying to corner a feline into a small space. 

Many Thanks to Ivar Dameron, who was covering for my beloved Ronnie Boo Boo while she was in Europe with my grandma, being fabulous.  

John Waters for The Wall Street Journal.


Kat Malott at Wall Street Journal (who is going to get buried under macaroons for this one) got me an hour with John Waters at his apartment in NYC. The assignment was environmental portraits for the real estate section.

 But I arrived with this idea to mirror 1926 Man Ray photo “Noire et blanche (Black and white)” of a model, posing with a carved mask. 

Breaking out the black seamless at the end of the shoot, I explained my idea in my best broken English. He smiled and replied, “Alright, take your best shot, Diane Arbus.” 

He rested his head for few seconds, 7 frames total, and I was in a very, very good mood for a good couple of hours.

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