Coast Guard Death after Pursuing Undocumented Migrants at Sea in California

Coast Guard Death after Pursuing Undocumented Migrants at Sea in California

  Desperation added to desire can be a combustible mix. It might result in success, but it often results in catastrophe. People driven to desperate measures simply don’t give up, and that is so evident in the decades long struggle to control illegal immigration from Mexico to California. There are those who have spent more…

Oakland Museum of California Opening Gallery Featuring Two of My Images

Oakland Museum of California Opening Gallery Featuring Two of My Images

I’m humbled that for the second time in my career a museum has included my images in a permanent gallery. The Oakland Museum of California, an innovative museum that houses the largest and most comprehensive collection from famed documentary photographer Dorothea Lange, is set to officially open their renovated California History gallery after over a…

Rick Perry was Right in My View from the Left

Rick Perry was Right in My View from the Left

Lord have mercy on my soul, because I’m about to say something that I might really regret: Ahem, cough, cough, aahhhemmmm……Is this thing on? Okay, here we go…..Folks, I agree with Rick Perry! There, I said it. Felt like I was spittin’ up a Penn Station rat, but I got it out. Now, what on…

State Immigration Laws Will Leave Farmers in a Bind

The Los Angeles Times published a editorial today that effectively pointed out the hypocrisy of states taking a tough stance on immigration by enacting laws to deter undocumented migrants from living in the state. States that rely heavily on agriculture, like Georgia, Alabama, Florida and California, also rely heavily on the immigrant workforce to harvest…

Looking Back: The Aurora News Blog on 9/11

Looking Back: The Aurora News Blog on 9/11

Below is what I wrote for the Aurora Photos News Blog. The phone rang, jarring my wife and I from our sleep. Dawn was just creeping under our bedroom shade, but the feeling of dread had already enveloped the room before I grabbed the handset. I had no idea why the phone was ringing, but…

Security and the Right to Photograph

Security and the Right to Photograph

Rather good timing for this refresher from the ACLU. Many of my students at Cal State University, Northridge and UCLA ask questions about where they can legally take photographs. My standard response is that if you are photographing from a public location and shooting images easily seen from such a location, then you’re good. One…

DREAMING of a Future

DREAMING of a Future

The final days of the lame duck Congress are upon us and Democrats are scrambling to pass significant legislation before ceding their power to an influx of conservative Republicans. The tax cut debate was settled last night, though many democrats were quick to voice their displeasure with the extension of tax breaks to the wealthy….

The Food on our Plates

The Food on our Plates

In the world of journalism, it’s well understood that timing is a great asset. Time the story right and it will often receive more attention. A poorly timed story will languish in the background of a world of information overload. With Thanksgiving, the end all holiday for food, upon us the Southern Poverty Law Center…

President Obama Announces Immigration Reform Package

President Obama Announces Immigration Reform Package

By now there isn’t much new to say about immigration reform. President Obama made his plan for comprehensive reform known today and, to no one’s surprise, Republicans for the most part slammed it. Claiming the reform package which, incidentally, is co sponsored by Republican Senator Lindsey Graham, is nothing more than an attempt to legalize…

Pomp & Circumstance: The Future for Photojournalism Grads

Pomp & Circumstance: The Future for Photojournalism Grads

I’ve seen a lot of really talented, young photographers coming out of various colleges and universities in the past few years, their portfolios showcasing meaningful images of social concern such as poverty and drug use. Their slick, digital portfolios transition from classic reportage to subtle portraiture and on to sports related imagery effortlessly as soft…