I am a photographer and a journalist who lives in Marin County, California. I've worked in Los Angeles, Nevada, Berkeley and San Francisco, where I was the assistant managing editor for news for more than decade and the founding editor of the newspaper’s web operation.
I am the co-author of News, Improved, a book about innovation and organizational change in the American newspaper industry, and Organic Marin, Recipes from Land to Table, a cookbook featuring the organic food of Marin County (2008).
Since 2001, I have freelanced as both a writer and a photographer for the Associated Press, the New York Times and Marin Magazine, where I was the principal photographer and Editor at Large for eight years. When I am not doing journalism or pursuing personal work, my assignments are mainly editorial, portrait, food and other product photography.
For the last five years, I've concentrated on documentary photography work in southern Mexico in the state of Oaxaca. My major projects are photographing families who have returned to their native communities after living in the United States (working as an assistant to a Fulbright fellow who produced a documentary on the subject, Una Vida, Dos Paises, and photographing the single mothers and children associated with a children’s shelter that was shuttered by the state government amid a wave of abuse allegations. Some of this work was shown last spring at the Centro Fotográfico Manuel Álvarez Bravo in Oaxaca, as part of major exhibition honoring the late documentary photographer Mary Ellen Mark, my friend and mentor.
In Mexico and wherever I travel, I shoot on the street, working mainly with wide angle lenses. His philosophy is summarized in these words of Mary Ellen: “Photograph the world as it is. Nothing's more interesting than reality.”
A greater selection of my work from Oaxaca is collected at Tim Porter | Oaxaca.
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