For 23 years,
What stories stick out?
There are so many amazing stories that I have covered over the past 23 years that I barely know where to begin. It seems that my most memorable assignments have also been the most physically challenging. Covering President
The two months I spent traveling through Africa with former Tribune African bureau chief Paul Salopek were mind-expanding. I shared an outhouse in South Sudan with a poisonous snake and too many scorpions to count. I wasn't sure if I was more frightened of the outhouse or the tsetse flies that caused African Sleeping Sickness, the story that brought us into the war-ravaged region. The Antonov bombers overhead weren't even bothersome to me with everything to worry about on the ground.
There was another two months spent in the Amazon with former reporter Bill Mullen. I was felled almost immediately by a stomach parasite that came and went all through the trip. Peru, it turns out is a good place to get ill, one can purchase most anything from Inka Pharma including Cipro for a fraction of the price in the U.S.
Iran was one of the most interesting countries to visit. I was staying in a hotel destroyed by a massive earthquake sharing a room plagued with giant cracks in the wall with former reporter Kim Barker and our translator Taraneh. Every morning men in suits would show up and claim that they were there to fix our toilet but we were sure they were bugging our room. There were regular after shocks that opened up the cracks more each day.
How did you get into this field, and why do you stay?
What other job could one person have so many different adventures and meet so many people from the richest most powerful to the poorest and most powerless?
I've often admired – and can instantly recognize – your photos because of how they capture the most fleeting but honest facial expressions of the subjects. Are you looking for moments of honesty like that? Can you prepare for them? What elements do you try to build into your images?
Whether I am shooting photos at a
Occasionally I encounter a person who is extremely difficult but that is rare. The playwright John Guare was one of the difficult ones as was the actor