credit my older brother with my fascination for photography.
I still remember being in elementary school and watching him
develop prints in his makeshift basement darkroom. Witnessing
the magic of those moments as the image appeared under the
haze of a redlight has stayed with me all these years.
As a young adult, I turned my fascination with photography
into a hobby. While working as an elementary school teacher
on the Lower East Side of New York, I would bring my camera
to school every day and document the lives of my kids. Eventually,
photography took over my life and I started freelancing as
a photojournalist. I worked for the New York Times, the Philadelphia
Inquirer, Rolling Stone and eventually the Los Angeles Times
as their East Coast photographer. I left New York with great
trepidation in 1980 to join the staff of the Los Angeles Times.
My “new” hometown never ceases to surprise me
and though I only planned to stay one year, I am still discovering
the city 29 years later.
I traveled the world for the Los Angeles
Times, covering everything from the Cannes Film Festival to
poverty in Appalachia and the war in El Salvador. I was on
the campaign bus with Jesse Jackson in 1988 and in Washington
when Ronald Reagan was shot.
I worked at the Times for 27 years, photographing,
writing and photo editing feature sections. I left the paper
in 2007 and resumed my career as a freelance photographer
I live in Silverlake with my husband, also
a journalist, my two teenage daughters, three cats and our