After I left my job as a wire service photojournalist, I decided to brand myself as a Documentarian.
I have been working on a project on a friend’s father’s amazing Holocaust story and I started a blog just before returning to Poland in January. It was started on a few days before I left and I couldn’t decide on a domain name, so I just left it as an IP address.
I made some quick business cards (they arrived the day before I left) and now that I am back (and have run out of cards) and have registered a domain name (www.thedocumentarian.org), it is time to make some more cards.
One of the cards – selected by my son, Shams, was the only black and white photo featured and it was definitely the most popular, so I decided to do all black and white photos.
As I was going through photos for an artist-in-residence application, I set aside photos for the business cards. Some were already black and white. Color photos that I thought would convert well in black and white were also set aside.
Here is the selection I came up with…
United States Rangers deploy outside the Tirana Airport in Albania 20 April, 1999. Approximately 880 Rangers are expected to arrive in the coming days. They will be part of a 3,000 man U.S. Army Apache contingent. (ELECTRONIC IMAGE) AFP PHOTO Mike NELSON/mn
Collagraphy of my father-in-law, Mohie ed din (C) with relatives in village
Libyan leader Moammar Kadhafi (L) puts his hand over the eyes of Algerian President Abdelaziz Boutelfika (C) as Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak looks photographers used flashes to photograph the Arab leaders during a photo op following the first day of meeting at the Arab League Summit at the Palais des Nations outside Algiers, Algeria Tuesday 22 March 2005. At center is Arab League Secretary General Amr Moussa. EPA
A Hajj pilgrim prays near the summit of Gebel Rahmah (Mount of Mercy) as pilgrims congregated on the plains of Arafat in the most important ritual of the annual pilgrimage of Moslems to Mecca 31 January 2004. The Haj follows significant events in the life of the Prophets Mohamed and Ibrahim. The Mount of Mercy is where the Prophet Mohamed gave a sermon summorizing the message of Islam which came near the end of his mission to deliver the words of God (Allah). Mike NELSON/mn
A Palestinian boy sits in the driver’s seat of a bullet ridden car as he peers out of the shattered windshield in Bethlehem 27 April, 2002. Negotiations continue for the end of the stand-off between the Israeli Army and suspected Palestinian militants wanted by Israel inside the nearby Church of the Nativity. AFP PHOTO Mike NELSON
Moslems circle the Kaaba (center of Islam) seven times from around its base as well as on the roof of the Great Mosque of the Haram Sharif in Mecca, Saudi Arabia 28 January 2004. Most of the 2 million Moslems have arrived to do the Haj (pilgrimage to Mecca) and the first ritual for most Moslem is to do the Umrah which consists of circling the Kaaba seven times as well as walking between the hills of Safaa and Marwaa seven times.. Mike NELSON/mn
Singer, songwriter and actress Christina Aguilera touches her star during a ceremony honoring her on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in Hollywood, California USA 15 November 2010. Aguilera who is a multiply Grammy winner and has sold more than 30 million albums worldwide will star in her first movie ‘Burlesque’ which opens 24 November 2010.
Collagraphy of my wife, Mona
A girl poses for a photo on the transparent observation area in the Oriental Pearl Tower in Pudong 08 September 2016.
88th Academy Awards arrivals in Hollywood, California, USA, 28 February 2016.
(FILES) Press photographers surround Socks, the cat who belongs to the family of U. S. President-elect Bill Clinton 17 November 1992 outside the governor’s mansion in Little Rock.
A man takes an early morning run The Bund 09 September 2016.
A woman gunner stares intently towards teh viewing stand during a parade by women members of the Libyan Peoples Army on the occasion of the 34th anniversary of Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi’s acension to power in a bloodless coup on 1 September 1969 that overthrew the monarchy. The parade attended by a few thousand mostly women spectators was held in Green Square and featured chants against American imperialism. EPA PHOTO/Mike NELSON
Defending US Open champion Tiger Woods sticks out his tongue as he hits out of a sand trap on the 4th hole during a practice round at the 2001 US Open Championship at the Southern Hill Country Club 11 June, 2001 in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Tiger Woods is attempting to go for a record 5th straight majors win at the 101st US Open Championship which starts 14 June. AFP PHOTO Mike NELSON/mn
A Berber mother holds her child and a baguette (loaf of French bread) as she walks on sand dunes surrounding the village of Sabria in southern Tunisia 26 March 2004. The Berber who were the original inhabitants of Tunisia speak their own language but have increasingly adopted the ways of successive invaders of Tunisia such as the French colonizers who introduced the baguette to Tunisia. EPA PHOTO Mike NELSON
A cook looks at models as they participate in a runway show near Wu Gardens 08 September 2016.
Models watch a runway show near Wu Gardens 08 September 2016.