I edited/curated this traveling exhibit of project work by Richard Tsong-Taatarii, Minneapolis Star Tribune staff photographer and 2018 NPPA BOP Large market Photographer of the Year. The challenge here was presenting two bodies of work that address complex related issues: one set of work is on Lakota life on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota, the other on the Standing Rock #NODAPL pipeline standoff between water protestors and police. I selected images from a wider edit of approx. 100 images and we collaborated on creating a diptych presentation of images from both parts of project which are visually and thematically related and which, together, deepen the meaning of them individually. Larger images were displayed on their own at a bigger print size.
During a contract photo editing position at the largest Minnesota daily newspaper, I staffed the afternoon/evening photo desk, handling assignments, working with photographers in the field and choosing staff, freelance and wire images for the national, local, feature and sports sections, as well as editing for online.
I was hired to research and photo edit a series of print and online special sections commemorating the 150th anniversary of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune. Based on an initial outline of subject matter, I delved into the full archive of the newspaper, and worked collaboratively with the section editors, writers and with the design staff to develop the content of these sections.
I self-published Racing Age (2017), a book of photographs and essays about masters track & field athletes of retirement age and older, after photographing the subject over the span of ten years. Part of this project was published in The New York Times sports section, and on the LENS Blog, where I worked with Becky Lebowitz Hanger on the edit. For the book project, I was my own primary editor during the course of the project, then collaborated with Sarah Foster, my editor at Getty Images, on the final decisions. I also worked closely with graphic designer Ashima Jain to create a template concept which then guided some of the shooting and editing decisions.
I self-published Welcome Home: Building the Michigan Womyn’s Festival (2009), a photography book documenting the oldest and largest lesbian-feminist separatist gathering in the world. The project, which I shot over the course of 9 years, was personal and delicate to navigate, as I navigated an intensely private subculture. This project was published on the New York Times LENS blog, where Jim Estrin collaborated with me on an edit. For the book project, New York Times photo editor Sarah Weismann and Getty Images creative director Sarah Foster worked with my own initial edits to cull down the huge body of work to a working edit. From there, we collaborated on final decisions and guiding the last several years of shooting to complete the work. I also worked closely with graphic designer Ashima Jain on developing the elegant template we used, based on Cartier Bresson’s Decisive Moment book, to make editing and shooting choices.