Monday, June 29, 2009

kyle myers

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The phone rings. The assignment is in Del Rio, Texas - a border town. The subject is Kyle Myers (who lost 80 pounds). The magazine, Men's Health. We head to the park where he has been training. Kyle is going to be a pilot. He's been stationed in Del Rio for a few years now and he's headed out of town - finishing up his duties there. Also, in a few days after the shoot he was going to get married in Oklahoma. Are you going to miss Del Rio I ask... Not really he says.

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

portrait of the american dream

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This series was awarded honorable mention in the Px3 competition - Europe's biggest and most prestigious photography competition.


HONORABLE WINNER OF PX3, Prix de la Photographie Paris



Van Ditthavong of United States was Awarded in category for the entry titled, " Portrait of the American Dream ." The jury selected winners from thousands of photography entries from over 85 countries.

Px3 is juried by top international decision-makers in the photography industry: Carol Johnson, Curator of Photography of Library of Congress, Washington D.C.; Gilles Raynaldy, Director of Purpose, Paris; Viviene Esders, Expert près la Cour d'Appel de Paris; Mark Heflin, Director of American Illustration + American Photography, New York; Sara Rumens, Lifestyle Photo Editor of Grazia Magazine, London; Françoise Paviot, Director of Galerie Françoise Paviot, Paris; Chrisitine Ollier, Art Director of Filles du Calvaire, Paris; Natalie Johnson, Features Editor of Digital Photographer Magazine, London; Natalie Belayche, Director of Visual Delight, Paris; Kenan Aktulun, VP/Creative Director of Digitas, New York; Chiara Mariani, Photo Editor of Corriere della Sera Magazine, Italy; Arnaud Adida, Director of Acte 2 Gallery/Agency, Paris; Jeannette Mariani, Director of 13 Sévigné Gallery, Paris; Bernard Utudjian, Director of Galerie Polaris, Paris; Agnès Voltz, Director of Chambre Avec Vues, Paris; and Alice Gabriner, World Picture Editor of Time Magazine, New York.

Winning entries from each major category (Advertising, Photojournalism, Book, Fine Art, Nature, and Portraiture) are exhibited in Paris at the prestigious Galerie Acte 2 from June 26-28 and published in the high-quality, full-color Px3 Annual Book, which is distributed to galleries, agencies, publishers and bookstores worldwide.

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The "Prix de la Photographie Paris" (Px3) strives to promote the appreciation of photography, to discover emerging talent, and introduce photographers from around the world to the artistic community of Paris. Winning photographs from this competition are exhibited in a high-profile gallery in Paris and published in the high-quality, full-color Px3 Annual Book.

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Monday, June 22, 2009

my cousin aaron

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Down syndrome is named after John Langdon Down, the British doctor who described the syndrome in 1866. Aaron has the chromosomal disorder, but he also has one of the most beautiful smiles you'll ever see.

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

eric + cooper

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Eric walks around the room with his son in his arms, thanking everyone for coming today. He seems like a natural... well, they both do. It's Cooper's first communion. He's just a little over 3 months. Eric turns to me and says, "How's it feel to be the godfather?" I immediately thought - I better shape up now.

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

ian + his bb gun

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Being a kid is fun. It's not always about video games.

Monday, June 1, 2009

hulsey smith

Ex-football player Hulsey Smith is looking to turn up Indy Car racing's popularity. At 26 years old, he's willing to do whatever to make it work... including this shoot for American Way. We were one phone call away from having a helicopter scoop down on to the track. I thought to myself, "wow! awesome idea but best to just keep it simple" - so I mentioned it wouldn't be necessary. Hulsey continues, "Are you sure? All I have to do is make a call." You have to love that persistence and enthusiasm.