My friend Susan told me about The Sun magazine in 1999 when we met in Oaxaca at a Mary Ellen Mark workshop. She thought I should submit some work to the magazine, one of the few left that published only black and white photography and paired it with exquisite writing. Once home, I did send the art director a few images, and he was kind enough to feature one of them on the cover of the July, 2000 issue. I was hooked.
I've continued to send pictures on a regular basis for 19 years now. I've been lucky to have several more covers, and there've been many images selected for inside the magazine. It's always a thoughtful pairing of pictures and writing. Once the magazine published something I wrote. The July, 2002 issue featured my "Among the Ashes" essay along with several accompanying photographs.
The Sun, an independent and ad-free magazine (reader-supported), has been around for 40 years. I'm constantly surprised and delighted when people I know - and people I don't know - get in touch to say they saw one of my pictures in the magazine. Those who read The Sun are fiercely loyal and eagerly await each month's publication. It's no wonder. The writing is unlike anything else being done on a monthly basis - challenging, honest, intimate, sometimes raw, always provocative, utterly compelling and socially conscious. And the photography is beautiful.
It's an honor to be associated with such a magazine. After all these years, my relationship with it has become an important part of my body of work.
You can find the above photograph (from my series "Jamison Park") in the current issue of The Sun. It accompanies an interview with Dr. Anne Hallward about shame and overcoming it... about her ten-year old public radio show and podcast called Safe Space Radio — “the show about subjects we’d struggle with less if we talked about them more.” It's a privilege to be a small part of her powerful message.
There are fewer and fewer opportunities to have photographs published these days. Thanks to The Sun - and its supporters and subscribers - for being true to the mission and doing so for such a long time now.