Nick Veasey is technically a photographer, we suppose, but he’s more of a quirky radiologist who has spent the past 20 years or so experimenting with X-ray machines, fusing art and science in the process and showing off the results. His work has been on the cover of Time magazine, and his photos are in a bunch of important museums. For this issue, we asked Nick to do his first-ever fashion shoot. The process involved loud warning sirens, flashing lights, lead doors, and a giant, humming machine. It was slightly frightening, but not any more than the plethora of makeup artists, stylists, and heavy-duty hair equipment you’d find at a normal fashion shoot.
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Aneta Bartos was born in Poland and moved to New York City to attend the School of Visual Arts. Since then, she’s had a number of successful shows, like 2013’s Boys, in which murky Polaroids of young men masturbating were exhibited in a shady midtown hotel. Aneta’s work has also appeared in major group shows like the 2012 edition of Humble Arts’ 31 Women in Art Photography, and her photos have been published in fancy magazines like Time, W, and New York—you get the idea, she does great work. She’s currently putting together her first book, Spider Monkeys, which will come out this summer, and she’ll have a solo show at Envoy Enterprises, in New York, in August. We’re proud to feature some of her photos of her bodybuilder father in this issue.
Mitchell Sunderland is a former VICE intern turned weekend editor who is unofficially on the porn, reality TV, D-list celebrity, and gay stuff beats. In the course of covering those worlds, he’s become a PornHub intern for a day, visited the gay sex club next to some Vatican-owned apartments, and watched a Kim Kardashian look-alike get Botox injections. He’s done all this while a student at a liberal arts school, which means he probably thinks the working world is all porn stars and reality TV harpies. (He’s also from Miami, obviously.) For this issue, Mitchell profiled Michael Lucas, the fervently pro-Israel gay-porn performer and mogul, and ended up holding a boom mic above a couple of porn actors as they went at it.
ATOSSA ARAXIA ABRAHAMIAN
Atossa Araxia Abrahamian started to question the meaning of citizenship when her kindergarten teacher asked her what country’s costume she would wear for her international school’s Christmas show. She didn’t know how to answer the question then, and she definitely doesn’t know how to answer it now. This conundrum has inspired her many stories about citizenship, passports, and statelessness, including her profile, in this issue, of stateless ex-American Mike Gogulski, who renounced his citizenship in protest of his former country’s actions around the world. Atossa’s work has appeared in Dissent, the New York Times, Reuters, and other outlets. She is an editor at the New Inquiry and Al Jazeera America.
Theodore Ross’s meditations on odd Jews (he counts himself among them), childhood pseudo-celebrity, and illegal fishing have appeared in Harper’s, the New York Times, the Oxford American, Saveur, and lots of other prestigious publications that few people read. He is the author of the book Am I a Jew?: My Journey Among the Believers and Pretenders, the Lapsed and the Lost, in Search of Faith (Not Necessarily My Own), My Roots, and Who Knows, Even Myself. He was kindly asked to leave after being an editor at both Harper’s and Men’s Journal, and he takes pride in the fact that no security officers were involved in his departure from either publication.