SURFACE magazine

The March issue of SURFACE magazine is featuring photographs I took of the soon to open El Blok hotel in Vieques, Puerto Rico.


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“Jantar Mantar”

I am excited to be back in the darkroom printing photographs of the “Jantar Mantars” in Jaipur and Dehli that I had taken in 1995 and 2001 and never printed.

Between 1727 and 1734, the Maharajah Jai Singh II of Jaipur constructed five astronomical observatories in west central India as he was particularly interested in learning about the sky above his head. These observatories or “Jantar Mantars”, incorporate multiple structures with striking combinations of geometric forms, each with a specialized function for astronomical measurement. The name is derived from Jantar (instrument) and Mantar (formula or calculation). The primary purpose of the observatory was to compile astronomical tables, and to predict the times and movements of the sun, moon and planets.

Here are the first photographs so you can discover these amazing structures.

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A beautiful review on HEIST.

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Best wishes for a fantastic New Year!

New architecture project.

Hotel El Blok, Vieques, to open soon.

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A tribute to the beautiful World Trade Center on September 11.

The Kogi in the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta, Colombia, a black and white portfolio.

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With the “KOGI” in the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta, Colombia.

A few years back, with the help of Alan Ereira who has done a wonderful new film on the Kogi, I lead this wonderful expedition in the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta in Colombia to photograph the Kogi indians. I was accompanied by a local guide who took care of our survival, an anthropologist and a few mules to carry our equipment up the mountains. I spent many weeks there in different villages photographing the “Kogi” in their daily lives. For now, I will just show a few panoramic photographs that I shot along the way.

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Waterfalls at Andaz Wall Street Hotel

Starting February 26, The Andaz Wall Street Hotel will be showing a projection of my “Waterfall” photographs to premiere their Video Art Series.

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Happy Holidays 2012
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