Jason is a young photographer and a recent graduate of the University of Florida. He has spent the last few months floating around the state of his alma mater, sleeping on people’s couches, and documenting whatever subjects catch his interest in between bread-and-butter freelance assignments for the
New York Times, SLAP Skateboard Magazine
, and the
Wall Street Journal
. Fun facts: He has four first names (Richard Jason Edward Henry) and he’s never eaten a hamburger even though he is not and has never been a vegetarian. Jason has also never photographed for
before, but we recently asked him to shoot a ninth-generation circus family of animal trainers at their sanctuary in Sarasota. And boy did he knock it out of the big top. He even scored
, for Christ’s sake.
Henrik used to study television and media production at the reputable Danish School of Media and Journalism and would probably have found gainful employment by now if it weren’t for his questionable decision to start interning at the Scandinavian Vice office about a year ago. But at least he’s busy. As our resident Dane, we’re always sending him out to interview Denmark’s smartest, most fascinating people—a list that, until this issue, included only Lars von Trier. Recently we had him run down documentary photographer Jacob Holdt, the curious Danish vagabond whose book American Pictures redefined the genre of documentary photography. And wouldn’t you know, it turns out our wee Robert Plant knockoff here is quite the conversationalist. See JACOB HOLDT IS NOT A HIPPIE.
SARA GOLDA RAFSKY
Sara is a journalist and native Brooklynite who is usually off investigating some crazy thing in some insane part of the world. After spending a year in Colombia researching and taking pictures of the armed conflict in Bogotá, she set off this past fall for Southeast Asia, where she watched a friend slice open a live snake and eat its still-beating heart, piloted motorbikes through Vietnam, and was almost stranded forever in Myanmar due to a currency dilemma. It took some work to pry herself away from the tranquil beaches and tiki bars of Cambodia, but she eventually got on the trail of an elusive artist and Khmer Rouge survivor named Vann Nath. In the end, she found herself an interpreter in the Cambodian Yellow Pages, showed up unannounced at Vann Nath’s gallery, and started unfurling the story of the special court created to try Pol Pot’s murderous regime.
RHINO RECORDS 2010 CALENDAR
We’re sure by now you’ve seen Happy Birthday: The Birthday Show, Viceland.com’s daily online video in which our managing editor wishes a happy birthday to noted luminaries and delivers various shout-outs and congratulatory statements submitted by viewers. It’s a runaway smash hit. We owe the enormous success of the show to this handy calendar that Rhino Records sent us. Every day it lists the birthdays of cool rock icons such as Rod Stewart (January 10, 1945) and Seal (February 19, 1963), along with the dates of cultural milestones like “Steely Dan break up” (June 21, 1981). It’s great fun and makes the world seem slightly less worthless, if only for a day. Thanks, Rhino. And don’t forget to watch Happy Birthday: The Birthday Show! Send in your birthdays, well-wishes, love proclamations, musical dedications, and general requests for upcoming episodes today!