This is one of the most remarkable stories I’ve read in a long time. Dr. Hatfill was fingered by the U.S. government for the Anthrax Killings in 2001- they made his life a living hell for years. Turns out it wasn’t him. This is such a well-researched and beautifully written article that I’m honored to be associated with it. It’s a singular pleasure to be asked to shoot for a magazine to which one already subscribes. I’ve been an avid reader for years. The Atlantic rules. They keep producing outstanding journalism, month after month.
Considering he was absolutely eviscerated by the media during his ordeal, Dr. Hatfill was incredibly gracious during the 2-hour long shoot. I was conscious of the notion that someone who suffered so long under the glare of the many cameras of the media and surveillance methods of the government should be so patient and cooperative as I subjected him to my methods. “Lean forward slightly, tilt your head slightly down and to the left, now look at me, now look up and off, now do that thing with your hands you were just doing- yeah, that’s it, hold that!” For two hours…
Here are some outtakes from the shoot that didn’t make it into the magazine. There were really only three setups that I worked pretty heavily with the assistance of the fabulous Etta Smith, USCG- the study, the black background and the most amazing room ever:
I wish all my shoots could feature flight helmets and animal heads and ornate chairs and clocks and books and African art and flowers and a fireplace.