Chapter 2. A Story in a Single Image

Maria Sharapova defeats Justine Henin 6-4, 6-4 to win the U.S. Open women’s finals match in Arthur Ashe Stadium on September 9, 2006.

ISO 320 f/2.8 1/500 45mm


When I was 18 years old, in my first year of college, I managed to get an appointment at the offices of Newsday.

With a combination of persistence and naïveté, I charmed the secretary of the assistant editor of photography. She was a notoriously cool gatekeeper and no one could get past her, but somehow I did.

I walked into the offices of a man named Kenneth Irby prepared to show him my work. Even before he opened my book, he looked at me and said, “How ...

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