My interest in going to Los Angeles began in 1992. I was strongly influenced by the music coming out of the streets and other inner cities across the country. I felt these youth had something very important to say in their music. It was good research. Coming out of the streets of New York myself, I felt connected in some sense. I wanted to speak about things in my work I was familiar with. I was not going to L.A. as a journalist, but as a photographer needing to make connections, and taking the time to get to know people.
A long term project from 1992-2017—East Side Stories puts a human face to gang members in Los Angeles while in their homes and with their families.