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Between Matches

Wrestling is serious business in Mongolia. When I heard that a 2016 Olympic match ended with an elaborate, clothing-free protest from Mongolian coaches, I wasn’t surprised.

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Naadam

A couple at Naadam celebrations in the Dalanzadgad stadium.

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You’re just like crosstown traffic

On the busy streets of Mongolia.

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Behind Bars

Having tuberculosis can be imprisoning in so many ways. The symptoms. The stigma. The endless stream of medicines. The isolation from family and friends, work and school. The sheer duration of treatment. It’s a brutal disease that measures its awful toll in months and years.

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Passy Sortie

A late night train near the Eiffel Tower, from my brief visit to Paris in December.

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Participant

From the Faces of TB series. Solving the world’s toughest global health problems doesn’t happen without a wide array of partnerships. But critical, and often overlooked, are the people who agree to participate in clinical trials of vaccines. They help the world understand more about the diseases we fight, how…

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Phone Booth

A quick shot in the afternoon rain on Rue Saint-Denis.

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Car Wash

What does a car wash have to do with TB vaccines? Effective, genuine community engagement is key to the success of any clinical trial. And that is certainly true for TB vaccines, where we work with some surprising stakeholders to make progress.

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Waiting Room

Waiting. At a clinic near Worcester, South Africa. I’m back posting again, and finally on a subject that is my everyday work: tuberculosis and global health

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Naadam Bikers

In the main plaza of Dalanzadgad’s stadium, kids run and play and celebrate Naadam, the annual summertime festival of three traditional games: Mongolian wrestling, horse racing and archery.

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Awake in the Light

Scott Hansen, aka Tycho, on stage at Terminal 5, on the Awake Tour.

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Palace Painting

One of the several work crews detailing a lakeside building in the massive Summer Palace in Beijing.

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Chinatown Crosswalk

On location in New York City’s Chinatown, shooting with the TB Unmasked team. Great sights and sounds and a fantastic lunch just steps from where this was taken.

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Waiting.

Amidst the continuous flow of trains, people and cargo (living and otherwise) in and out of the New Delhi Railway Station, some trains fill and wait. And wait.

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Finch Doors

From a cold night in Toronto, walking around the system and ending up in my old neighbourhood at Finch station. This shot is also my first post to Instagram. You can find me at GlobalHelix.

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Fresh Bread

I smelled it from a hundred feet away. A tiny bakery on the main street of Byimana, a village in the Southern Province of Rwanda.

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Nyagatare Kids

Some of the bystanders during a visit to a women’s farming cooperative in western Rwanda.

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Help With A Walk

An elderly couple out for a stroll, headed uphill just one block from the sea.

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Sugar Man

The man, the apparition, the legend, the singer, the songwriter, the Detroit day labourer, the artist long thought to be dead, the alive and the incredible Sixto Diaz Rodriguez.

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Respirator

On the front lines of tuberculosis, healthcare workers have varying degrees of personal protective equipment. Around the world, N95 respirators (masks) are becoming more common amongst staff, but still not nearly ubiquitous.

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Afternoon Ride

Quietness amidst the chaos of the endless traffic jams of Lima.

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Amigos

Against the wall of the church by the sea, men gather in the fading light of dusk to laugh and joke and strike a pose.

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One Light

Tycho live at New York’s Terminal 5, on his Awake tour.

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Your Name in Chinese

One of the many vendors in Beijing’s Summer Palace, selling art with traditional Chinese characters. Calendars, posters, maps, portraits, idioms — all created while you wait.

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Midday Walk

A stroll along the nearly-deserted streets of the village of Isona.

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Tambourine

On the eve of new Stars shows, a look back at their previous tour. I can count on one hand the artists who can hold my attention for nearly 15 years, but Stars are amongst a rare few that continue to captivate me. Great performers, great music, great people. Looking…

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Bridge Watcher

Out the window of the car near Jurong, China.

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Palace Pair

At a small store beside the lake of Beijing’s Summer Palace, a couple of opposites.

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Girl on the Tracks

A girl walks along the tracks in Beijing’s 798 Art Zone – an entire district of former factories and industrial spaces now used for galleries and cafes.

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Railway Queues

As the remaining minutes of the afternoon were overtaken by a clear night sky in Beijing, the swirling mass of people buying tickets never stopped. Hundreds, thousands streaming by. Except for one man on his phone.

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Full Carriage

One of a constant stream of fully-packed trains departing New Delhi.

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Jaitpur Kids

In an economically disadvantaged neighbourhood of New Delhi, a film crew draws an interested crowd.

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Underpass

Crossing from Ulaanbaatar’s main platform to a second set of tracks as a huge train approaches departure time.

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Chinatown Hair Cut

Looking in the window of a New York City hair salon.

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On the Bridge

Looking for spare coins in the afternoon sun on a New Delhi bridge.

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Book Seller

At a central intersection in Ulaanbaatar.

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Dairy Farmer

During a visit to a dairy farm in the Tov province of Mongolia, northwest of Ulaanbataar.

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Terminal Call

At one of the cafes in Terminal D, looking across to Terminal F.

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Card Game

In an empty lot near the house of a TB health worker we visited, men gather to play cards and draw an excited crowd.

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Lotus Temple Driver

Amidst the crowds and jockeying for fares outside the Lotus Temple, a rickshaw driver pauses for a photo.

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Rickshaw Driver

In the heat. In the sun. In the rain. They’re pedaling. Like so many I’ve seen this week, their jobs seem brutal. With fares determined by both subjective (how hard they tried to deliver their customers) and objective (distance) metrics, it’s not an easy life. Yet they’re crucial to transporting this city’s people. This is one of the drivers from our shoot this morning.

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Back Breaking

Amidst oppressive heat and poverty, some amazing stories of heroic work by healthcare workers in the Jaitpur area of Delhi. While the film team was doing their thing, I watched this labourer haul huge sacks of rice to a shop across from a patient’s house.

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Observer

As we were filming in a nearby health clinic, this woman stood by just watching. Our crew attracted quite a crowd, but she stood back. In the noise and chaos, attention and trouble that a film team brings to an extremely poor slum area of southwest Delhi, something about her look was very different. I asked for her photo and she just nodded.

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Red Crossing

At an intersection in central Ulaanbaatar, on the way to a hospital for an interview.

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Window Glare

City traffic.

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Under Construction

Ever-present construction in Mongolia. The joke is similar to Canada’s: there are two seasons here — winter and construction.

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Duke Boswell

On the 70th anniversary of the Allied invasion of Normandy, a shot from June 6, 2012. Major Henry “Duke” Boswell at the La Fiere Causeway. After first seeing combat in Italy, Boswell parachuted into Ste. Mere Eglise, the first town to be liberated in the campaign. He would later fight in Holland and Belgium, where Operation Market Garden and the Battle of the Bulge, respectively, were critical points in the war. By 1945, of the original 146 men in Boswell’s G-Company, only 13 remained alive and uninjured.

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Platform Phone

Waiting for a Manhattan-bound N train at Astoria Blvd and 31st Street on a cold afternoon.

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Call at Gate 40

In the gate area as an Asia-bound airplane prepares for departure.

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Emily Kinney

Emily Kinney live at Rockwood Music Hall. I don’t know what her percussionist was playing, except to call it a box, but it was a good sound and a good show.

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Smile

During my visit to a rural village with UNICEF, described in my story of the School Under the Tree.

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Riders

A street in the shadow of the mountains.

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Red Coat

On the street that Helmut Newton called home. The day prior, I had seen the first French retrospective of Newton’s work since his 2004 death. Two hundred original prints, on display at the The Grand Palais, curated by the legendary photographer’s wife. Inspired by his 1975 photo, Le Smoking, I found the street, walked and shot.

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Going

Somewhere along the Bloor-Danforth line.

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Dries and Oscar

I’ve loved the art of fashion for a long time. I don’t know exactly when or how it started, but it certainly swung into high gear with my first trip to Paris. Like after a lifetime of listening to baseball on the radio, then finally going to a game at a major league ballpark, it was a whole new world.

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Lou

The last time I saw Lou Reed.

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Bundled

A woman leaves the Migowi Healthy Center with her child in tow, in the Phalombe District of Malawi.

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Registration

A woman completes the initial registration steps with her child at Kamuzu Central Hospital in Lilongwe.

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Bike Traffic

Along a canal near Centraal Station.

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Nyugati Passengers

People traffic at the Budapest-Nyugati train station, opened in 1877 and built by the Eiffel Company.