Regardless of the subject matter, I'm interested in depicting obvious and essential details of life that are often overshadowed by larger, more newsworthy circumstances.
In 2003 I received my BA in Fine Art and African American Studies from the University of Pennsylvania. In 2005, I founded the My Viewpoint Youth Photography Initiative on the Cheyenne River Reservation in South Dakota, where I continue to teach and shoot. In 2011 I created See Potential, a community engagement/ public art project that installs documentary images on abandoned buildings to illustrate economic development initiatives of community leaders on the South Side of Chicago.
Awards include: a 2011 Emergency Fund Grant from the Magnum Foundation, the 2010 Arnold Newman Prize for New Directions in Portraiture, winner of the PDN Photo Annual Personal Project Category-2010, first prize in the 2010 IPA Lucie Awards, the 2009 Inge Morath Award, presented by Magnum Photos and the Inge Morath Foundation, and a 2006-2007 Fulbright Fellowship in Photography. I’ve exhibited my photographs internationally. Publications include: Smithsonian Magazine, PDN, TIME Magazine Lightbox, and Mother Jones. My work is in the permanent collections of The Farnsworth Museum, US, The Kiyosato Museum of Photographic Arts, Japan, Foto Baryo, Philippines, and The Center for Fine Art Photography, US.
I live in Brooklyn, NY and am available to work internationally.