This July 4th, I’m thrilled to share that The Women of the 116th Congress will be coming out as a @nytimes branded book this fall (October 15!) with a foreword by Roxane Gay ( @roxanegay74), published by Abrams Books (@abramsbooks)! • In addition to the portraits that originally ran, the book will feature new writing and images to contextualize this historic moment, including a timeline of women in U.S. politics, profiles of important Congresswomen through time, and an extended introduction I wrote on women and power. • It’s been a *monumental* team effort by everyone involved to make it happen, including and especially @bfnyt, @marisaschwartztaylor, @celestesloman, @jane_something, and Kelly Doe. I’m beyond grateful to have gotten to work with and learn from such a phenomenal group of women. • It’ll be available for $24.99, will be 7x9’’ and 208 pages long, and will include a removable poster that features all of the women of the 116th! I’ll share the pre-order link and more info soon. • So this holiday, here’s to all the Founding Mothers, to all the women who have shaped our histories, in ways recorded and forgotten, and to all those currently doing work in and out of office to push this country toward progress.
New photos out in the @nytimes this past weekend of Riyad H. Mansour, the Palestinian ambassador to the United Nations, photographed at the UN back at the end of May. Many thanks to @meghan_petersen for this one; it was a fascinating conversation and great to get to explore the UN campus a bit!
springtime at night, in b&w ➡️ color.
DC friends! Or friends who want to visit DC! Next Sunday, May 19 at 2:30PM, @marisaschwartztaylor and I are going to be at the Newseum with @nytimes talking about the Women of the 116th Congress project, in conversation with the museum’s director of photography and visual resources, Indira Williams Babic! Come to hear about representations of women in power, how those depictions have shifted over time, and how many emails it took to schedule 130 Congressional portraits :) • Tickets are free, but you have to RSVP at the link in bio. Also, comment below or DM me if you do RSVP — the list is already full somehow (!?) but we can make sure you get in!! • https://timesevents.nytimes.com/116newseum/gender
It may not come as a surprise that I’ve been thinking a lot about women and power lately. I keep returning to this study done at the Harvard Kennedy School in 2010 by Okimoto & Brescoll that found that women who seek power are respected, but not well-liked, while those who act communally are well-liked, but not respected. And professional success often requires both (for women at least, and especially for women seeking elected office). • We punish women for being ambitious, which we see as going against social norms — they should be lifting up the community, rather than themselves. And even if their work does lift up the community, if they achieve personal success along the way, we tend to hold that against them. • This International Women’s Day, I’d like to ask a favor. The next time you catch yourself responding negatively to a powerful or ambitious woman, try to dig into that feeling a bit. It’s no one’s fault that we have this built-in bias against women and power — I have it, too! It’s part of living in society. But if we can start to be aware of it, and consciously work against it by challenging these thoughts and feelings when they arise, and expose ourselves to more stories and images and histories of powerful women, then we can start to shift our associations. • The more we start to associate women with power — to have it be a woman that comes to mind when someone refers to a leader or politician or president — the more we will start to see it as the norm, rather than the exception. The less we will punish women who seek power. The stronger we will be for having more representative leadership. • Pictured: portraits from the Women of the 116th Congress, a special project for the @nytimes (link in bio), paired with presidential portraits. (1) Thomas Jefferson, by Mather Brown & Sharice Davids (D), representing KS’s 3rd; (2) Abraham Lincoln, by George Healy & Lauren Underwood (D), representing IL’s 14th; (3) Warren Harding, by Margaret Lindsay Williams & Susie Lee (D), representing NV’s 3rd; (4) Dwight Eisenhower, by James Anthony Wills & Yvette Clarke (D), representing NY’s 9th; (5) Millard Fillmore, by George Healy & Kyrsten Sinema (D), Senator from AZ.
In honor of Women’s History Month, I’m posting some images and outtakes from the Women of the 116th Congress, a special project for the @nytimes that came out back in January (link in bio). Pictured here, Representative Rashida Tlaib ( @rashidatlaib), Democrat representing Michigan’s 13th congressional district. Tlaib is the first Muslim woman elected to Congress, a title she shares with Minnesota’s Ilhan Omar. She is also the first Palestinian-American woman ever elected to Congress. • ( @marisaschwartztaylor / @bfnyt / @celestesloman)
In honor of Women’s History Month, I’m posting images and outtakes from the Women of the 116th Congress, a special project for the @nytimes that came out back in January (link in bio). Pictured here, Representative Barbara Lee ( @repbarbaralee), Democrat representing California’s 13th congressional district, wearing a necklace bearing a portrait of her mother. When asked what motivated her to run for office, she answered, “I was born in segregated El Paso, Texas. My mother went into labor and need a c-section, but she was turned away from the local hospital because she was black. By the time the hospital admitted her, she was on the verge of death. I almost didn’t make it into this world – and my mother nearly died – because of racism and discrimination. So I’ve had to fight injustice since the day I was born.” • ( @marisaschwartztaylor / @bfnyt / @celestesloman)
In honor of Women’s History Month, I’m posting some images from the Women of the 116th Congress, a special project for the @nytimes that came out back in January (link in bio). Pictured here, Representative Madeleine Dean ( @repmadeleinedean), Democrat representing Pennsylvania’s 4th congressional district. In her portrait, she is wearing an eagle pin given to her mother by her father on June 30, 1960 on their 15th wedding anniversary, a time during which, she said, they were caught up in the spirit of JFK’s presidential campaign. Dean later inherited the pin and wore it on her swearing-in day, making it feel like “my parents were right there with me,” she said. • ( @marisaschwartztaylor / @bfnyt / @celestesloman)
In honor of Women’s History Month, I’m posting some images and outtakes from the Women of the 116th Congress, a special project for the @nytimes that came out back in January (link in bio). Pictured here, Representative Ilhan Omar ( @ilhanmn / @repilhan), Democrat representing Minnesota’s 5th congressional district. Omar is the first Muslim woman elected to Congress, a title she shares with Michigan's Rashida Tlaib. She is also the first Somali-American ever elected to Congress, and the first woman of color to serve as a U.S. Representative from Minnesota. • ( @marisaschwartztaylor / @bfnyt / @celestesloman)
In honor of Women’s History Month, I’m posting images from the Women of the 116th Congress, a special project for the @nytimes that came out back in January (link in bio). Pictured here, Senator Kyrsten Sinema ( @kyrstensinema), Democrat representing Arizona. Sinema's victory made her the first woman elected to the U.S. Senate from Arizona, the first openly bisexual person elected to the U.S. Senate, the second openly LGBT person elected to the U.S. Senate (after Senator Tammy Baldwin of Wisconsin), and the first Democrat elected to the U.S. Senate from Arizona since Dennis DeConcini in 1988. • ( @marisaschwartztaylor / @bfnyt / @celestesloman)
Representative Ayanna Pressley ( @repayannapressley / @ayannapressley), Democrat representing Massachusetts’ 7th congressional district and the first Black woman elected to Congress from Massachusetts, photographed as part of a special project on the women of the 116th Congress for @nytimes, link in bio. • ( @marisaschwartztaylor / @bfnyt / @celestesloman)
Speaker Nancy Pelosi ( @speakerpelosi), Democrat representing California’s 12th congressional district and the highest-ranking elected woman in U.S. history, photographed as part of a special project on the women of the 116th Congress for @nytimes, link in bio. • ( @marisaschwartztaylor / @bfnyt / @celestesloman)
Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez ( @repocasiocortez / @ocasio2018), Democrat representing New York’s 14th congressional district, photographed as part of a special project on the women of the 116th Congress for @nytimes, link in bio. • ( @marisaschwartztaylor / @bfnyt / @celestesloman)
This is the group photo from the 65th Congress, convened in 1917. It was the first time a woman was ever elected to federal office — Jeannette Rankin of Montana won a seat in the House of Representatives — 128 years after Congress was formed. Swipe right through the pano to see if you can find Rep. Rankin (hint: she’s seated in the front row!). • Now, 102 years later, one has become 131 — the number of women in the 116th Congress, newly in session this month. • Click through the link in bio for more on the women of the 116th Congress, a special project for the @nytimes out now, produced by @marisaschwartztaylor, @bfnyt, @iamrumz, @sjwilliams, shot with @celestesloman!
For the past few weeks, I’ve been working on photographing all 131 the women of the 116th Congress for @nytimes; shot in the style of historical portrait paintings, and in tandem with the phenomenally talented @celestesloman, the story is out today. • It was an extraordinary team effort — possible first and foremost because of the brilliant and tireless @marisaschwartztaylor and @bfnyt, who believed in the idea and brought it to life; because of @iamrumz and @sjwilliams and their stunning vision for how it could be brought to readers; because of @justingellerson and @mknlsn, for their exceptional resourcefulness and assistance during marathon shoot days. • The story was an idea born while shadowing @ocasio2018 on election night this fall, thinking of how much the current political class has changed in the past few decades. The first woman wasn’t elected to Congress until 1917; the first woman of color wasn’t elected to the House until 1964 and to the Senate until 1992. It also wasn’t until 1992 that women made up 10% of Congress, and 2019 is the first year that over 100 women are serving in the House of Representatives. • I’ll be sharing more on here in the coming days, but for now, head over to the link in bio to check out the images and read a bit about why the photographs are made the way they are and why having 131 women in Congress is a significant and fairly rapid shift in American politics, detailed in the text I wrote to accompany the piece. • (The portrait series includes 130 out of the 131 women members of the United States Senate and House of Representatives, including non-voting delegates. Representative Liz Cheney, Republican of Wyoming, was not available to be photographed. Link: https://nyti.ms/2RLOdbr)
Another recent story, out now in @nytimes, on how the NYPD has been using arrest warrants on children that have run away from their foster placements. The two young women I had the opportunity to photograph were phenomenally resilient, and were wonderful to collaborate with on these anonymized portraits. • Many thanks to Jeff Furticella for the assignment and edit.
This Thanksgiving, I headed up to Boston a couple days early to photograph Anita Hill at Brandeis, where she is a professor of social policy, law, and women's studies. Last year, Professor Hill was appointed as chair of the newly-formed Hollywood Commission on Eliminating Sexual Harassment and Advancing Equality, which is working to address sexual abuse and harassment in media and entertainment. She was as brilliant and insightful as you’d expect. If you have a moment, check out the wide-ranging interview with her by Susan Chira, available at @nytimes — link in bio. • Many, many thanks to @tannercurtis for the assignment and guidance on this one.
textures & colors at a recent assignment. #queens #onassignment
Sharing some recent editorial work newly out — the second, the recent New York primaries, covering the race for the 17th State Senate District for @nytimes. The district, which is plurality Ultra-Orthodox Jewish, re-nominated the incumbent, Simcha Felder, who was elected as a Democrat but caucuses with Republicans, giving them a one-vote majority in the State Senate. He beat Blake Morris, a progressive candidate that ran as ‘A Real Democrat,’ with 63% of the vote. • On primary night last Thursday, I photographed Ultra-Orthodox voters casting their ballots at P.S. 192 before heading over to Hinterlands Bar, where volunteers and supporters of Morris’ campaign gathered with Morris to watch the election results come in. • Huge thanks to @jfurt for the assignment and guidance on this one!!
roger, the goodest of boys.
summer magic. #summerinthecity
dog days of summer! make like manny and find your shade and stay cool out there, folks. #summerinthecity
okay, italy. you win. #famigliaitaliana
prom season. #brooklyn #summerinthecity
#finallyfurtiash & some epic dips & love. 💃🏼🥂✨❤️
[continued from prev. post! captions @ bottom!] later, @chrisreinhardt FaceTimed to say he overheard a woman @ a bar in Brooklyn tell her friend she wanted to adopt a German Shepard, which we suspected Milo was. he put me on the phone with her & she said if i could get Milo back to the U.S., she’d give him a home. i quickly researched bringing a foreign dog back to the states & found that if they were young enough, they didn’t have to be quarantined upon arrival. they just needed to be immunized, microchipped, & given a passport. • this is where it gets really weird. walking through the city with Milo again, i come across a woman who takes to him immediately. turns out she’s an animal rights activist. i tell her the story; she makes a few calls & says there’s a pansion (a Bosnian kennel) that will take him at a reduced fee for the next two weeks. safet, @velma_saric’s wonderful brother, picks me & milo up & takes us to a pet shop where i get Milo a crate, leash & collar; afterward, Almir Kuduz, who runs Pansion za pse King, meets us at the vet & takes Milo after he’s gotten his immunizations & passport. • two weeks later, i meet Almir & pick up Milo on the way to the airport. Milo is a champ on the journey home (save pooping all over the floor @ the airport — tho better before than on the plane!) & a few days after arriving in the U.S. @raremairbear picks him up in Brooklyn & brings him to his new home on the Lower East Side. • his family loved Milo from the moment they got him, taking amazing care of him & bringing him to the doggie ER when he came down with a bout of parvo that nearly killed him just a few days after they got him. • every time i think of the crazy string of events that led to him living in NY, it absolutely baffles me. so glad to have met this lil guy & for the family that loves him so, so much now. #lilpupbigjourney • (1) @ the vet, being a trooper; (2) saying goodbye to Almir after his stay @ Pansion za pst King; (3) @ the airport, taking in a bit more Sarajevo sun; (4) ready to board; (5) arrival in Brooklyn, hands by @goingupinsmoke; (6) sleepy in BK; (7) recovering from Parvo; (8) growing bigger; (9) playing @ a dog park on the LES!
[long story! captions @ bottom! continued in next post!] four years ago today I saw this lil nugget almost get run over while out shooting on assignment with @groundtruth in Sarajevo. a couple Bosnian teenagers (hi, @dzombic!) and i stayed with him while he calmed down, & then i moved him across the street to a cemetery. i was staying in a hostel that didn’t allow dogs & didn’t know anyone that could take him. • that night I couldn’t stop thinking about him. the next day, after i finished shooting, i went back to the same spot i had left him. i called out ‘Milo,’ the name i had been calling him in my head. a moment later, he came stumbling out of the bushes, having clearly not eaten or drank since yesterday. no mama pup had come to claim him. he was definitely all alone. • i wrapped him in the towel i had brought in case i found him & started walking back to town, having no idea where he’d stay for the night. i called Ismena, my friend that lived in Sarajevo, & she said she’d come meet me & help figure it out. on the way i passed a group of ladies chatting & drinking coffee. they started cooing over milo; i thought maybe one of them could adopt him. they spoke no English & i no Bosnian, but i managed to ask if they could watch him for a moment while i ran and got my friend. Ismena translated for us & one of the women agreed to take him for the night — i was to meet her the next morning to see if she could keep Milo for good. • i put out a call on FB to see if anyone in Sarajevo could adopt him or knew of any shelters, but there had just been massive flooding and all the shelters were full. the next morning, i went to meet the kind lady that had taken him for the night & she said she couldn’t keep him, her apartment was too small and there wasn’t room for her, her two kids & a dog. (continued in next post!) #lilpupbigjourney • CAPTIONS: (1) milo the day i found him, right after nearly being run over; (2) tiny pup in a big cemetery; (3) milo the next day, walking back to town wrapped in a towel; (4) human for scale; (5) the original call i put out on FB; (6) with Ismena; (7) with the kind woman that took him in for the night.
magic. #orangelight #blueshadows
doing some family history digging on @ancestry and found my Grandma’s high school yearbook from her senior year in 1943 at Walton High School in the Bronx. Selma Ginsberg, in the top left corner!!
happy mother’s day to the absolute best mama a girl could ever ask for!! @beesweet_pat, you’re not only always supportive and encouraging and loving, you’re also a badass scientist and researcher and mentor that racks up more accolades than i can keep track of. i’m so grateful for you and all you do, and still can’t believe i’m the one that somehow got to be your daughter. thank you for everything, this day and everyday. love you, mama. ❤️
magic night tulips double exposure from wandering tribeca on a warm drizzly spring night. #summerinthecity