As a Chicago photographer and photojournalist, I've been telling stories through some 6,000 assignments to date.
Along the way, I've received a Pulitzer Prize, a World Press Photo award and several other accolades, leading HarperCollins to call me "one of the world's leading photojournalists."
Whether it be stills, motion or a hybrid shoot, I've learned to be resourceful, creative and dependable no matter the circumstance or level of production. I enjoy the benefits of being a sole photographer as much as I enjoy working with a team to achieve creative objectives and art direction on a larger production.
My philosophy: Strong communication skills, direction and good vibes on set are crucial to rally others to the creative vision on a project.
When I'm not on a project, I'm teaching, speaking and blogging to give back to the profession.
I'm currently a professor of editorial photography with the online program at the School of Visual Arts in New York and previously an adjunct lecturer at the Northwestern University Medill Graduate School.
I've also written a 145 page book on photojournalism and documentary photography called, "Depth of Field: Tips on Photojournalism and Creativity." It's being used as teaching texts across the country.
As a public speaker, I've presented at universities, associations, and sold-out events in Chicago such as Printers Row Lit Fest, Chicago Ideas Week and TEDx Midwest.
I have a personal interest in Cuba, the island of my heritage. Over the past fifteen years I've shot almost a year in the country - including three months as a staff photographer for the Chicago Tribune. I go back a couple times each year. If you're planning a trip let me know. I'm always happy to give free advice that will prove useful.
I live in the Chicago area with my wife, fine art photographer Laura Husar Garcia, two precocious kids who take amazing photographs for their young age and a yellow lab who always wants to get into the picture (especially if there's a cheese stick involved).