Hana Matsuri (Brooklyn Botanical Garden)

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We visited the annual Cherry Blossom Festival at the Brooklyn Botanical Garden, where all things Japanese are celebrated, including Cos Play and kimonos. Unfortunately the cherry blossoms were only just beginning.
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Max on Subway Escalator (DC)

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Kick (Prospect Heights)

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Queens Hall of Science

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Amanda and Don (SoHo)

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Two of Alex Katz’s assistants, photographed with the 80-megapixel PhaseOne back, rented to photograph one of Alex’s paintings for a giant mural for the Whitney.
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Max (Wall Street)

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Katz Studio (SoHo)

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Saucering in Prospect Park

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Snowy Morning

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Max (Brooklyn Bridge Park)

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Max in Snow (Prospect Heights)

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Max (Staten Island)

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Max in the Allée of the Snug Harbor Cultural Center’s Botanical Garden.
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Max at the Playground (Prospect Park)

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Max, Mateo, and Quinn (Park Slope)

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LuLu on Union Square

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Had a photoshoot with my good friend LuLu LoLo who is creating a performance piece for Art in Odd Places in October.
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Max, Ninja

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July 4th at Atlantic Beach

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ConstructionKids (Navy Yard)

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I had another photoshoot at ConstructionKids. As usual the kids are adorable and inspiring, and very proud of their creations.
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Governor's Island Ferry

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On the ferry back from Governor’s Island.
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Kids in Asia (from the Archive)

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I had to go through my old slides recently and stumbled across a bunch of slides I took while living in Tokyo and travelling around Southeast Asia. Most are from 1990 and 1991—23 years ago—when a Nikon F and three lenses and 20 rolls of Kodachrome were all that I needed to be happy. Above, Nong Khai, Thailand.
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Mae Hong Song, Thailand
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That Phanom, Thailand
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Bangkok
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That Phanom, Thailand
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Xian, China
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Guelin, China
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Guiyang, China
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Kadang Ampat, Sumatra, Indonesia
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Kadang Ampat, Sumatra, Indonesia
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Lake Toba, Sumatra, Indonesia
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Tokyo Aquarium
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Captain America (Crown Heights)

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4.5-year-old superhero all dressed up and nowhere to go.
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Hugo (Washington, DC)

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Max’s newest cousin, Hugo, born November 18, 2012.
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Cousins (Washington, DC)

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Max with his cousin Elena.
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Max as Captain America

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Max with Spoon

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Up close and personal, with Nikon’s 24mm tilt shift.
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Max, Superhero Swordsman

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Max, Christmas Morning

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Max at Brooklyn Children's Museum

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Max in the Bath

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Max (Oso Flaco)

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Max + Driveways (Santa Maria)

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Max is 4!

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Hard to believe he’s already four. Adorable as ever.
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A Visit to Glen Spey

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I took the bus up to Port Jervis to visit my friend Marcy Pesner, the legend behind Beagle & Potts Woodworking. She now owns no less than 5 vehicles, some soon to be mobile homes (including the Blue Bird school bus above), a few dogs, and lots of lumber waiting for her next project. Marcy is now working on her Buddhist practice, teaching locals the art of woodworking, building toaster lamps, and starting up a tiny house construction teaching workshop.
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New Studio Wall

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In preparation for a new studio roommate, my former studiomate from Pacific Street, Matthew Northridge, and I put up a 20ft wall with metal studs.
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Max in the Bath

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Katz Studio (SoHo)

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Alex Katz remains as busy as ever. His new figurative work appears to be some of his best ever. I was at the artist’s studio to photograph work from his White Rose series for a show later this year at Gavin Brown.
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Max at 3 and a Half

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Hard to believe, but my baby is not a baby anymore. Three and a half on Wednesday. As fun loving as ever, but definitely doesn’t want his picture taken—unless I bribe him...

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Cosplay (Brooklyn Botanical Garden)

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Cosplay seems to get bigger every year in New York. The Japanese art of dressing up like your favorite manga or animé character is most popular among teens and early twenty-somethings. Fantasy, gender-bending, and getting lots of attention seem to be a big part of the appeal. They definitely gave the cherry blossoms some big competition.
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Cousins (D.C.)


Max and his cousin Elena. Together they’re 100% Japanese (a quarter on the left and three-quarters on the right).
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Max in the Morning (D.C.)


Nearing his 2.5 year birthday, Max is looking more like a boy than a baby.
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Little Bob Dylan


Since Max is a lefty, perhaps Hendrix would be more appropriate. But did Jimi ever sing Wheels on the Bus? (Shot with a rented Sony A900 and the Zeiss 85 f1.4--a very nice combo.)

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Max at the Beach (Guadalupe, CA)

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Titanium Pedalers 30th Anniversary (Prineville, OR)


Not bad for a self-timer image! 30 years since 5 high school kids took off on bikes from Jackson Hole, WY to Jasper, Alberta, 1400 miles. Here are Jonathan Durning, Alan Durning, Andy Neuman, Mark Skinner, and me with (most of our) families.
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Max Wearing Julie's Sunglasses (Prineville, OR)

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Max's First Haircut (Park Slope)


It took nearly two years, but Max finally got snipped for the first time at LuLu’s. Despite our worries, he didn’t mind the experience at all, despite the crying kids around him, and thanks to Thomas the Train playing on a video monitor.
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Max and his Cousin Elena (D.C.)

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Max in the Morning

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Girl on Moped (Prospect Heights)

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Ranbir (Chelsea)


My friend Ranbir Sidhu, a fiction writer and playwright extraordinaire, will be hosting a staged reading of his play, Sanskrit, at La Mama ETC on May 17th. Read about Ranbir’s work here.
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Max in Woodstock

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Max Running in Woodstock

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Goldstein Is Bought Out


Money wins. Daniel Goldstein, the founder of Develop Don’t Destroy, has agreed to settle with Forest City Ratner, the developer of Atlantic Yards, for $3 million. He lives a few blocks from my studio on Pacific Street and was the last man standing in the footprint who hadn’t been bought out. The $3M apparently buys Goldstein’s condo, bought for $590K in 2003, and his silence--Goldstein agrees to “not actively oppose the project,” which primarily means to abandon the only coalition actively opposed to the project, DDD. Read more about this sad news here. Good news: Freddy’s, the great bar (and Ratner hate HQ) around the corner from my home, closes on April 30th, but will reopen on 4th and Union.
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Charlie Brown (Crown Heights)


While on a long walk this afternoon, I approached this statue of Grant on horseback and met Charlie Brown, 65, a very charming and happy man who talked my ear off about his life in apartment 3B across Bedford Ave.
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Portrait of Insurgents


The above photo was released by Russian news agencies. It is said to be a portrait of one of the Moscow suicide bombers (Dzhennet Abdurakhmanova, likely not yet 17) and her husband, Umalat Magomedov, a “militant Islamist,” who was killed in 2009. A big novel could be written about this photograph. The youth, the cocky pride, the Bonnie and Clyde coolness--and all the blood of innocent victims on their hands in the name of vengeance and political oppression. While it seems the condemnation is universal, the West still refuses to face the difficult question: why would a young woman barely on the brink of adulthood willingly destroy herself and dozens of innocent strangers?
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Mother and Child

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Max, a Study in Purple and Green


What happens when a 17-month old eats eggs and blueberry for breakfast.
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Max in the Studio

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Hybridization of Beauty, Thanks to Photoshop

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Seth and Barbara (NSB)


While riding back from the beach I found a woman struggling to get her wheelchair back onto the sidewalk. After we got the chair out of the sand, she allowed me to photograph her with her Brussels Griffon on Faulkner Street.
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Tristan and J.K. (New Smyrna Beach)

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Irving Kriesberg in His Studio (West Village)

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Me X 4 (West Village)


Nothing like multiple mirrors in the bathroom!
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Self-Portrait (Prospect Heights)

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Mural with Father and Sons (Prospect Heights)

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