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
I first photographed the Des Lauriers family in 2008 for Kid’swear magazine. Ten years later they visited us in Montauk for a reunion story in "All-American XVIII: Facing the World.” The boys—Tucker, Eric and Nick—are grown now, making their childhood plans and dreams come true. Together with their parents Dawn and Dorian, they show how a family can evolve when, as Tucker says, they “lead with love.” All-American XVIII: Facing the World is available now at @dashwood_books and @arcanabooks
I’m excited to announce the release of "All-American XVIII: Facing the World," the latest edition of the journal series Nan and I started 18 years ago. It features a chapter celebrating the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, where I got to photograph hometown heroes like @jonbatiste this spring. Special thanks to @julaevansreed and Quint Davis for helping our team. “All-American XVIII” will be available starting this week at @dashwood_books and @arcanabooks