As a Chicago commercial photographer and photojournalist, I've been telling stories through some 6,000 assignments to date.
Along the way, I have the rare distinction of being part of the highest awards in both advertising and editorial; a Titanium Lion at the Cannes Lion International Festival of Creativity and a Pulitzer Prize. Along with several other accolades, HarperCollins has called 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 positivity 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 also a professor with 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 a teaching text 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, often leading photo workshops.
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).