Amy & Josh's Wedding, Saint Paul, MN (26 May 2007)
Two friends from the Tilsner Artists' Cooperative were getting married on Saturday, so three of us grabbed our camera equipment to document the day. With multiple photographers, the obligatory group shots can get messy, with family members looking at someone else's lens when you're trying to take their photo, so we got organized and rotated the three photographers one after the other. It worked out just fine.
"I Come In Peace" - Dean Obeidallah's one man show (19 August 2006)
What is it like to be an Arab-American with a Muslim last name after 9/11? Why did 9/11 transform Dean from a typical white guy to Super Arab? Is the Bush administration listening to his phone calls? Find out the answers to these questions and more in Dean's comedic one man show "I Come in Peace." Follow his funny, painful, and truly surprising journey which has taken him from a white guy not in touch with his Arab heritage to "Super Arab."
Angélique Kidjo, "Control Arms Live" event, New York City (28 June 2006)
Angélique Kidjo performing at the "Control Arms Live" event that took place in the Supper Club in Times Square, New York City. The UN Small Arms Review Conference took place in New York from 26 June to 7th July. "Lack of controls on the arms trade is fuelling conflict, poverty and human rights abuses worldwide. Every government is responsible. The Control Arms campaign is asking governments to toughen up controls on the arms trade."
"Stuff Happens" New York Premiere: Waleed F. Zuaiter and Lameece Isaaq (22 June 2006)
A provocative and thoughtful play about how and why we went to war in Iraq, David Hare's Stuff Happens brings to the stage an ongoing story of great national and international importance, with characters and dialogue seemingly ripped from today’s headlines. Inspired by actual events, both public and private, that have been authenticated from multiple sources, Stuff Happens is a powerful history play that brilliantly transforms “real life” into profound drama.
Jana & Imad's Engagement, Washington DC (15 April 2006)
I met Jana and Imad at the New York Arab-American Comedy Festival in November 2005, where Jana's play, Love in Las Vegas, was premiering. Jana played "The Bride" in the play, so I had the bizarre opportunity to shoot her first in a fake wedding dress, then in an real engagement dress. As the couple's wedding is taking place in Jordan, the "engagement party" was more of an American wedding, for all the friends and family who wouldn't be able to make it to the Middle East. Hotel Washington was an interesting venue, with a patio for the sunset reception that looks onto the White House, and a convenient adjoining ballroom for the dinner.
New York Arab-American Comedy Festival (LA showcase, January 2006)
In January 2006, Nigel Parry traveled with the cast and crew of the New York Arab-American Comedy Festival to document its industry showcase in Los Angeles. Three performances of comedic theater shorts, over two nights, and one performance of stand-up comedy were documented with a Nikon D200 digital camera. An additional photo shoot was undertaken with the cast on Hollywood Boulevard's Walk of Fame.
Halloween Photo Booth (Tilsner Artists' Cooperative, 2003-2004)
In Halloween 2003, I created a portrait booth in a spare room to photograph party guests in costume. The booth ("The Twisted Prom Photo Booth") was extremely popular. Looking at the final 166 frames, some clearly offered themselves for further digital manipulation into various cinematic and artistic styles, with some interesting results.
Arjan & Annet's Wedding, the Netherlands (16 April 2004)
Arjan and Annet, two friends of mine, were married in the Netherlands on 16 April 2004. I followed them throughout the day, from Vlaardingen, Lierop, where Annet's family live to Kasteel Heeswijk, a Dutch castle which has to be one of the ultimate indoor wedding and reception destinations on earth.
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