From April 2017 to January 2019, I was JB Pritzker’s staff photographer on his winning bid for Illinois governor. Formally trained as a photojournalist, I tasked myself to go beyond handshakes and stage lights to capture the offbeat and unrehearsed moments.
Campaigning is a stressful, exhausting grind. These are the quiet spaces I found when I turned away from politicking. Taken from 2017-2019.
“The Education Department cut off federal student loan funds to Argosy after the court-appointed receiver said school officials had taken about $13 million owed to students at 22 campuses and used it for expenses like payroll. The students, who had borrowed extra money to cover things like rent and groceries, were forced to use food banks or skip classes for lack of bus fare.” Story here.
Vibhav and Sonal Patel’s two-year-old daughter Radha was diagnosed with late-infantile metachromatic leukodystrophy and without experimental treatment, she will experience rapid neurological decline in the coming months. Story here.
Images from the primaries and the 2016 presidential elections. Images shot for CNN.com, Hillary for America, and MTV News.
Seventeen-year-old Kyle nearly dropped out of high school with the loss of his father in 2008 and his grandmother in 2005. He said he was partying and shirking responsibility after their deaths. “I was the kid lighting fireworks at recess,” Kyle said. By the time he reached his senior year, Kyle had as many credits as a freshman. Recently, he has taken steps to set his life straight.
Kyle currently lives in a crowded home with his mother, her boyfriend, one younger brother, and his sister’s children. He works at two jobs, one at McDonald’s and one building houses with his mother’s boyfriend, in addition to attending class at the Trenton Success Center. ”I feel like I’ve raised myself, really. I’m only home to sleep.” he said.
Kyle dreams of leaving home, marrying his long-term girlfriend and moving into a place of his own. (photographed for the 65th Missouri Photo Workshop)
Laquon Treadwell takes ESPN behind the scenes to one of the biggest nights of his young life, the 2016 NFL draft. The former Ole Miss wide receiver was picked by the Minnesota Vikings with the 23rd overall pick, and has officially begun his NFL career.
A day in the life of Marcus and his mother, Melida, for an AARP Bulletin story about caregiving.
Pastor Paco Amador and his family for a story about diversity in America for Dutch publication Trouw
The Brookins family funeral home, a black-owned business, for a story about diversity in America for Dutch publication Trouw
Scenes from the 2016 Spring Awakening music festival.
Behind the scene diptychs from the horror movie, You're Next.