Just outside of Boston, I photographed the last stands of old-growth forest in New England, home to many of the tallest trees in the North East. Published in Smithsonian Magazine.
Infrared was originally developed to reveal the presence of military positions in conflict zones. In this ongoing series, I use infrared film to highlight the growing militarization of American civic life.
In American cities, pigeons are rats with wings. In Cairo, they are an art form.
In recent years, the world learned of China’s vast system of Uighur control and detention in Xinjiang. In 2008, I spent a year documenting life in Xinjiang as these policies were only in their infancy.
Over the course of five years, I set out to photograph the spaces where the spiritual meets the tactile world. Published by National Geographic and the subject of two solo exhibitions.
During the Syrian revolution, only a handful of photojournalists received visas to report from the government-held territory. On several trips, I photographed the front lines of both the government and rebel sides.
As a Boston-based photographer, I tell people’s stories truthfully, with curiosity and respect. I lived in North Africa and the Middle East for almost ten years, photographing culture, politics, and war for global magazines and newspapers. In 2020, I moved to Boston to photograph this dynamic moment in the US.
I also enjoy photographing for publications, companies, and other institutions to tell their stories. Most of my commercial photography is around New England, but I have been commissioned for projects worldwide.
I use a broad set of skills in my photography, including drone photography, video production, portraiture, and infrared photography. However, the most critical skills are still the journalistic basics of getting closer, listening carefully, and witnessing.
This project is in its infancy, and I don’t know where it will go, but I’m having a lot of fun.
Inspired by Amanda Mustard’s list of helpful tools, I compiled my list of things that make my life easier as a freelance photojournalist.
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My Favorite Boston Photographers
These photographers have their specialties in portrait photography, commercial photography, breaking news, or in-depth photo stories, but they are all photojournalists. I started with a list of about 50 editorial photographers and narrowed it down to a few of my colleagues that I enjoy the most. If you want to be added to the list, please email me.
Kylie is a photojournalist in southeastern Massachusetts. She completed photo internships with The Seattle Times and The Texas Tribune, and her themes of belonging, identity, and place are central to her storytelling. ( https://www.kyliecooper.com )
This Boston photographer has a distinct perspective, capturing exceptional portraits of noteworthy individuals and local narratives using a film camera. ( https://philipckeith.com )
Sophie Park is a Korean American photojournalist originally from Boston, MA, who spent her childhood moving around frequently between Missouri, New Jersey, and Cambodia. Her work primarily centers around politics, diaspora, and social issues. ( https://www.sophieupark.com )