Friday, July 31, 2009

Nuriya Live at Drom

Nuriya is a singularly talented and charismatic vocalist. I had the pleasure of photographing her latest show last night at Drom on Manhattan's Lower East Side and what a show it was!

Nuriya's music is as unique as she is, revealing influences from two sides of the globe. The dominant tone is Latin with all of the contagious beats and strident horn parts that you may imagine; most of the lyrics are in Spanish. The Hispanic flair is tempered by the other side of the vocalist's heritage- Middle eastern and Hebrew notes abound in the deep passion and romantic pathos of Nuriya's delivery. The fusion is glazed with homages to Jazz, flamenco and even contemporary pop music.

By all means check out Nuriya's website, but be warned, only by seeing her live can you grasp the intense passion of her performance. This young woman knows how to move, had the audience in the palm of her hand and was an absolute joy to photograph!

Sunday, July 26, 2009

Hamptons Benefit with the Macdella Cooper Foundation

The MacDella Cooper Foundation is a wonderful charity dedicated to giving children in the war torn country of Liberia a chance to receive an education which will ensure them a better future.
This weekend I once again had the absolute pleasure of photographing a fabulous benefit for them: A very swanky affair out in the Hamptons complete with Polo match and dinner at Southampton's Four seasons. Here's a selection of the best pictures.

The amazingly talented volunteer team

Real Housewives of New York as featured on

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Sunset Movie in Dumbo

Last Thursday a couple of friends and I joined the hordes of New Yorkers who, every year, descend on Brooklyn's Empire state park to view the spectacular sunset and enjoy a classic movie in the most perfect location imaginable. The film this week was "The Maltese Falcon" with the inimitable Humpfrey Bogart, luckily I had remembered to bring my camera because the sunset was one of the most dramatic I have witnessed in my years in New York.