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I photograph people and the fabric of their lives, mixing portraits and reportage. My photographs have been published in magazines including PeopleU.S. News & World Report, Newsweek, Stern and The New Yorker.

I work in documentary video, audio, and multimedia. My short films, co-directed with Shane Hofeldt, include Fire Station 88.1, Tick Days, Rockers, Inside Motherwell’s Dumpster, Selina Trieff Will Not Stop, By the Waters, and Keeper.

I have been fortunate to collaborate on several books. The Wild Braid, with poets Stanley Kunitz and Genine Lentine, was published by W.W. Norton in 2005. Lasting Words: A Guide to Finding Meaning Toward the Close of Life, by author Claire Willis, was published in 2014 by Green Writers Press. Recently, Claire Willis and I co-authored Opening to Grief, which was published in fall, 2020 by Dharma Spring, a new imprint from  

Red Wheel / Weiser.

I graduated from Stanford University (b.a.), M.I.T (, and Transom radio workshop.


I live in Jamaica Plain and Wellfleet, MA, and in Berkeley, CA.


January, 2021


Photo: Marnie Crawford Samuelson and Stanley Kunitz

Credit: Genine Lentine

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