Select assignments that I’ve photo edited for the University of Washington magazine, which is a 60-page quarterly.
“The identity solution”
Photographer: Bob Gwaltney
I commissioned Indiana photographer Bob Gwaltney, a longtime photojournalist at the Evansville Courier & Press, to use high-grain 35mm film to cover the opening of a new school in Indianapolis. The charter school, called pilotED, has a curriculum designed around teaching and celebrating racial and cultural identity. Bob developed the film in his living room.
Why film? When I thought about the imagery I’ve seen that involves racial equity in schools, much of it was high-grain B&W pictures from the 50s and 60s. In particular, images of black kids integrating schools in unwelcoming environments. I wanted to evoke that same spirit, but to flip it: This is a school designed specifically for kids who have historically been left behind.
“Down to the core”
Photographers: The Voorhes
For a story about the decrease in public funding for higher education, and the difference between perception and reality when it comes to this topic. Art direction and page design by Ken Shafer.
Why The Voorhes? I mean, come on… Did you really just ask that? But really, this is a topic that needed to be conveyed through ideas rather than literal pictures, so I pitched the Voorhes because it was a non-illustrative way to do that. They are masters of set design, craftsmanship, staging, composition, color, retouch — all of the above! — but their true talent in my opinion is their ideas.
“In the Club”
Photographer: David Oh
After admiring David’s work for about a year, I hired him to do a recurring series that features club athletes at the University of Washington.
Why club athletes? This is a corner of our campus that doesn’t get much attention, but that is filled with sweat-soaked, obsessed individuals pursuing their passions at a very high level. And David has extensive experience embedding himself with athletes, from roller derby to running groups.
Entrepreneur Godwin Gabriel
Photographer: Jessica Rycheal
I hired Jessica Rycheal, a fabulous shooter in Seattle, to make a portrait of Godwin Gabriel. His most popular creation is Moovn, a black-owned ridesharing app that hopes to compete with the market’s big hitters by treating its drivers better: They each receive a share of ownership in the company.
Why Jessica? I first came across Jessica’s work at the Northwest African American Museum, where she had an exhibit called “Everyday Blackness.” Her bio read, “Jessica’s portraits explore the depth and humanity of blackness, in predominately white Seattle and areas where gentrification and displacement eclipse black visibility.” It seemed like a great fit for a story about a black CEO starting a black-owned business in Seattle, and I definitely want to work with Jessica again.