Hitting the Streets! 
Wednesday, May 13, 2015, 07:42 - Events
Buncrana, Ireland

Last weekend we took to the streets of Buncrana and Letterkenny here in Ireland for two street photography workshops I taught.

It was a wonderful opportunity to share my perspectives on this artform. We survived some showers and had a grand time.

And special thanks to Kodak Alaris who donated film which was provided to the lucky and smart participants who still shoot film!

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The Great Debate 
Monday, May 11, 2015, 07:34 - Project News
Buncrana, Ireland

We had a great discussion on Saturday about the future of Europe and Ireland's place it in.

I'm grateful to MEP Marian Harkin and Artlinkís Declan Sheehan and Damian Dowds, editor of the Inishowen Independent who moderated the discussion.

For me this discussion was an important opportunity to use art as a starting point for an important conversation. We attracted many people who otherwise would not have come to the gallery which is a wonderful thing.

You can listen to the discussion here.

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The Europeans Now on View in Ireland 
Monday, May 4, 2015, 07:28 - Travel, Project News, Events
Buncrana, Ireland

If you happen to be in Donegal this month come up to Fort Dunree and see my latest exhibition which is on view through the end of May.

We're also having a panel discussion about the future of Europe and Ireland's place in it on Saturday May 9th.

So I hope you can make it to see the show or to our discussion!

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Time Travel Machine 
Tuesday, January 27, 2015, 09:11 - Commentary
What are photographs, what are portraits but a kind of time travel machine?

Through the image we can stare across time and space and be transported, however fleetingly, to a place and time we have never been. Yet through the image we do have at least a sense of having been there.

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The Photographer's Mirror 
Monday, January 26, 2015, 09:05 - Commentary
A portrait is many things but as one photographer once told me "every photograph is a self portrait."

This project has always been about people first and foremost. Through my images and especially my portraits, I try to connect the viewer to the subject so that they may understand something about the lives these people are leading and how the river of history runs through their experiences.

So what does this say about me? Well I leave that for you to decide...
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Looking Back, Looking Forward 
Friday, January 2, 2015, 10:20 - Personal
Last year was a busy one and not all of that involved photography.

I donated a kidney and had my first public art installation among other things.

I think this past year has put many things in perspective for me, not least of which is how much photography is really about other things. It's about reading and research but it's also about living and being. I'm a lot less concerned about the number of rolls of film I shoot than I ever have been.
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And They Called Themselves The Europeans Video 
Friday, December 26, 2014, 16:30 - Project News

I know most of you couldnít make it to Switzerland to see my multimedia installation And They Called Themselves The Europeans. So I created a short video to give you a sense of what it was like.

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Back in BCN! 
Saturday, November 15, 2014, 14:12 - Project News, Photo of the Day

After a long recovery since donating a kidney in August I find myself back in Barcelona! I'm working on a few things Europeans related as well as editing more images so stay tuned!

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New Media 
Monday, October 6, 2014, 16:07 - Project News
Many of you read the profiles I created during my fellowship with the French-American Foundation. Now is your chance to hear some of the voices of those I profiled as well in a short multimedia piece I created.

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On The Air 
Wednesday, September 17, 2014, 16:04 - Project News
Recently my interview with the legendary Dave Marash aired on KUNM. We had a wide ranging discussion which centered around immigration in Europe and my work on The Europeans. If youíd like to hear it just visit this link: http://hereandtherewithdavemarash.libsy ... ela-diaz

and click on the POD icon or click here

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Monday, September 8, 2014, 16:01 - Personal

Just to let you know everything went very well! Both Jimmie and I are recovering and the surgery was a complete success. I won't be posting all that much over the next few weeks but thanks for all of your thoughts.

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On Giving 
Tuesday, August 26, 2014, 10:58 - Commentary

Today Iím donating a kidney to my best friend, Jimmie Briggs. This process has given me a lot to think about and in response Iíve written this.

On Giving

Itís easier than receiving for most of us, letís just get that out of the way first. To give is to be lauded. To give is to have power. To receive, or rather more accurately to be in need, is to be weak and often powerless. When we give we feel generous. Afterall, they donít name buildings after those who have asked but rather after those who have, mostly after being asked, have given.

None of this makes giving any less important or necessary. Itís just to say that having to ask, as any of us who have been in that position can attest, is unpleasant. Who doesnít want to feel needed? Who doesnít want to feel as though the choice we make can save someone in however small a way?

This is a defense of receiving.

I have asked and I have received in my life. I have received without asking as well. And of course I have asked and not received. And for that I am a better person. To ask is to be weak. To ask is to be vulnerable. To ask is to acknowledge both to yourself and the person of whom you ask that you are in need.

To ask is to confront your own limitations. It is to accept your humanity because in fact we are only human in relation to one another. This means we, at some point, will be in need. No matter what the need is objectively, whatever that means, in that moment it is everything to the person who is asking.

To receive is to be delivered from the belief that we can live this life alone. It is a reaffirmation of who we are at our very core: interdependent.

It is a hard lesson to learn: that we exist not just for each other but because of one another. None of us would be here but for someone else. To understand this is one thing; to know this is quite another.

So we stand amongst each other. Giving and receiving in turn. Being grateful when we receive and feeling grateful to be able to give. We grow in the shade of one another and smile that we have had this time together.

And in the end we learn that all we have is the ability to give and take. Realizing in the end that they are, in fact, the very same thing.
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Why I Am Donating My Kidney On Tuesday 
Friday, August 22, 2014, 19:54 - Commentary
New York City

I've been back in New York for the past five weeks for an important reason.

Next week if all goes well Iíll be donating my kidney to my best friend, author and activist Jimmie Briggs. If you knew him as I do youíd want to give him your kidney too, heís that kinda of guy.

Itís not a decision Iíve come to lightly but when I found out three years ago that Jimmie and I were the same blood type I knew I had to get tested. He had advanced kidney disease and needed dialysis three times a week to stay alive.

A friend who had given me so much personal and done so much for so many others was in need. How could I stand by and simply watch?

To be human is to be in constant need. Sadly we spend so much of our lives denying this simple fact, denying the idea that not only do we from time to time need each otherís support but that on a fundamental level it is our very interconnectedness, our inescapable and fundamental need for one another than defines us. Our pride, vanity and ego get in the way of allowing us to be vulnerable, in fact to be truly who we are.
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The Next Generation 
Monday, June 30, 2014, 10:55 - Photo of the Day

I'm always struck by how many young people are involved in keeping this tradition alive.

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City on a Hill 
Wednesday, June 25, 2014, 11:05 - Photo of the Day

And they can go higher still!
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