For the past twenty years, I've created a career that combines photography, film and strategic communications in developing countries.  

I was raised mainly in the mountains west of Boulder Colorado as well as stints in Germany and Texas and received a BA in philosophy and history from the University of Colorado.  I studied film at the Anthropology Film Center in Santa Fe and at the Columbia University MFA film program.  After film school, I worked as an assistant to several world class cinematographers and photographers, including Jack Parsons, Judy Irola, Sam Abel, Eugene Richards and Rich Clarkson. 

My photographs, which primarily focus on international development themes, have been  made on commission for UN agencies, USAID and various NGOs and have also been published by The New York Times, LA Times, Paris Match, Conde Nast, Oprah, El Palacio (Museum of New Mexico) and others. Gallery 169 and Sharq Gallery, both in Los Angeles, as well as the Council on Foreign Relations in New York have held solo exhibitions of my Afghanistan work.  Exhibition venues for my other work  include  the New Mexico Museum of Art, the Sunnen Gallery in NYC and private collections. I've published two photography books: "Passage to Afghanistan” and "Trans New York".  In 2018, I was appointed to the  US State Department's Fulbright Specialist Program.  I've also guest lectured at Columbia University (SIPA), The New School, NYU and Frostburg State .  

I've made documentary films in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Nigeria and Sudan - usually collaborating with local crews. I've also written cross-cultural narrative screenplays, including SCARLET POPPY, which was an Academy Nicholl Fellowship semi-finalist and was sponsored by the National Film Development Corp of India at Independent Filmmaker Project's (IFP) "No Borders" in New York as well as co-production markets at Cannes, India, Dubai, and Busan International Film Festivals. I advised on and played one of the lead roles in Golden Globe winner Siddiq Barmak's second feature, OPIUM WAR, which won the Golden Marc'Aurelio Critic's Award at the Rome International Film Festival and was Afghanistan's submission to the foreign film section of the Academy Awards.  


As a media/communications advisor to international development organizations, I've worked in more than a dozen countries, specializing in post-conflict countries in South Asia, The Middle East and Africa.



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