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  • Hurricane Katrina, 10 Years Later

    This was one of the first big stories I ever covered, for a long gone photo agency out of New York. I got to New Orleans for the first Mardi Gras after Katrina, 6 months after the storm hit the city, and I will never forget getting out of the car in the 9th Ward and being so shocked by the destruction that I just stood there for several minutes, staring dumbfounded. Almost nothing had been done since the storm and the destruction seemed to go on forever. I spent a couple weeks wandering the city, talking to returning residents, the couple clean up crews I saw, and ventured out to a trailer park for folks who has lost their homes. The lawlessness was still there, a cop pulled a gun on me and another photographer for venturing onto their security “camp”, and people were trying the best they could to put what they had left back in some kind of order. 

    I have been back since and it is good to see some things that were lost coming back to life, but I will say that no one I met had given up, they were just trying to get back to where they came from. The spirit remained, even when the material things were lost, and that seems to have continued. Lots of work still to do, but that city is a jewel, as are the people who make it so.

    1. Adrian Love, age 9, lived in a trailer park for displaced residents w/ her father.

    2. A train carrying trailers for the displaced residents of hurricane Katrina passes through the 9th Ward.

    3. Video gamer controller, Lower Ninth Ward, New Orleans.

    4. Abandoned Cadillac, Lower Ninth Ward, New Orleans.

    5.  Lloyd Lee stands on the steps where his house once stood in the Lower Ninth Ward of New Orleans.

    6. A small crab, brought in by the flooding of the Lower Ninth Ward, was found in a TV in an abandoned house being cleaned out. 

    7. Lower Ninth Ward, New Orleans.

    8. French Quarter, New Orleans.

    9. An abandoned teddy bear, Lower Ninth Ward, New Orleans.

  • Dorothy Counts Scoggins for the New York Times Magazine

    “Scoggins was one of four African American students to integrate the Charlotte, North Carolina school system in 1956. 3 other black students enrolled in all white high schools around the city and Scoggins was the only one at Harry Harding High School. After 4 days of verbal and physical abuse at the hands of white students, Scoggins’ parents withdrew her from the school for her safety.”

    Full gallery of voting rights portraits here

  • Henry “Mickey” Michaux Jr. for the New York Times Magazine

    “The longest-serving member of the North Carolina House of Representatives, Michaux, 85, introduced many new election laws in the wake of the Voting Rights Act: “Once it passed, white folks got up and left us still laying on the ground. ‘You got your law, now go for it.’ Well, it took just a little bit more than that.”

  • Voting Rights Rally for the New York Times Magazine

    To rally support for the North Carolina NAACP’s case against Gov. Pat McCrory (NC NAACP v. McCrory), a march was held in downtown Winston Salem on the opening day of the case in federal court. Thousands gathered to walk the streets of downtown and listen to speeches proclaiming the importance of defeating new requirements for voter registration,

    The NC NAACP contests that HB 589 (Voter ID requirements) violate Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act (42 U.S.C. 1973) and the Fourteenth and Fifteenth Amendments of the Constitution.

    As part of the A Dream Undone package, I photographed NAACP led rally to mark the opening day of their voting rights trial against the state of North Carolina. 

  • Ed Blum for the New York Times Magazine

    Edward Blum was one of the orchestrators behind Shelby County v. Holder, a case that reached the Supreme Court and cut back several provisions of the Voting Rights Act of 1965. Blum has worked steadily over the last several years against affirmative action and in cases involving the redrawing of voting districts

    A Dream Undone

  • The Oklahoma Drill for ESPN the Magazine

    I shot this almost a year ago to the day. Great to see it in print. Thanks Nancy for the call and Nick for the great layout. On newsstands now,

    Members of the Sylvia Circle Demons participate in the Oklahoma Drill. In the drill, players will lay on their backs at a predetermined distance and when the whistle is blown, they will jump up, run full force and tackle each other as hard as they can. It is the first time many of the players have been hit in the game and is a right of passage for those looking to play football going forward. Any player who tries to get around the hit runs the risk of being eliminated from the team.

  • Spreads from this week’s New York Times Magazine cover story on the dismantlement of the Voting Rights Act.
    Please read it http://nyti.ms/1h51mX7

    Thank you to all the people willing to let me set up a 9ft. seamless in their spaces and be a part of this important story, Ethan, TJ and Joe for the interstate assistance and especially Christine and all the other fine folks at the NYTM for the opportunity.