When I was starting out, everyone wanted to work with Annie Flanders, the wonderful editor from The Soho Weekly News who then created Details magazine. This is from a story I did for her on Hawaii’s big island in 1982.
I had knee replacement surgery in January, and for the months afterwards I was going to physical therapy at a gym close to Parkland, Florida. When the school shooting happened there at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School on Valentine’s Day, I was horrified–like everyone was—these poor kids, these teachers—why can’t we agree on a way to make sure this never happens again? Like you, I was inspired by the fearless determination and activism of the students who took a stand and organized the March For Our Lives. I wanted to create a gesture of solidarity and admiration, so I asked a group of artist friends to join me in creating works that would speak to the issue of gun violence in American life. It was a big ask to make—an impossible one, really—but so many responded. This haunting painting is by @clementestudio. My deepest thanks to Francesco and everyone who took up this challenge. A portfolio of these works appears in our journal “All-American XVIII: Facing the World.”
It’s pretty wild—Tony Vaccaro and I share the same hometown of Greensburg, PA. We finally got together this summer to geek out about cameras and our mutual admiration for larger-than-life characters like Hubert de Givenchy and Georgia O’Keeffe. Both of us were lucky enough to photograph them, and Tony kindly reminisced about his adventures in Europe during and after WWII for a story in “All-American XVIII: Facing the World.” Tony’s got a few years on me—he’s 95!—but he has more energy and charisma than most 20-somethings I know. @tonyvaccarophotographer is the real deal, and I’m so glad to feature his work in "All-American" this year.
I have such admiration for the volunteers of Canine Assisted Therapy in Oakland Park, FL and the compassion they showed for the students and teachers at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School after the school shooting this year. By being present with their affectionate, well-trained pups, these men and women tried to bring some measure of comfort to a community shattered by unspeakable tragedy. It was my honor to photograph and interview them for our journal “All-American XVIII: Facing the World.” You can learn more about their program at www.catsdogs.org
I met a new hero this spring: Thema Campbell, the president and founder of Girl Power, an organization that supports young women in the Overtown community of Miami. Thema is one of those powerful, generous individuals who restores my hope for the world - her dedication to guiding young women on a good path is simply inspiring. Read her story and see photos I took at Girl Power’s year-end celebration in “All-American XVIII: Facing the World.” And please consider supporting her mission at www.girlpowerrocks.org
This year we’re proud to feature the work of @simonsfinnerty in "All-American XVIII: Facing the World." Simons is a young photographer from Charleston by way of Atlanta who graduated this year from SVA. His story explores the roots of his creative practice in summers spent on Kiawah Island, South Carolina - including this portrait of his family friend and mentor, the artist Anne Darby Parker. “All-American XVIII: Facing the World” is available now at @arcanabooks and @dashwood_books