Saul Elbein just got back from two years of nomadic reporting across Latin America and Southeast Asia, investigating murder and illegal mining and the best places to smoke a clandestine joint. He's written lots of words for the New York Times Magazine, the New Republic, the Texas Observer, and the late, lamented Al Jazeera America. He once talked his way out of custody on the Argentine border by lecturing the guards on the actual appearance of ecstasy, which he swears he didn't have in his pocket.
Morgan Jerkins is a Harlem-based writer and a member of Catapult's editorial staff. Her work has been featured in the New Yorker, the New York Times, BuzzFeed, the Atlantic, and ELLE, among many other publications. Her debut essay collection, This Will Be My Undoing, is forthcoming from Harper Perennial. A Princeton alumna with an MFA from the Bennington Writing Seminars, Jerkins's work focuses on the intersections of race and gender, literature, feminism, and pop culture. In this month's issue, she profiles comedian and podcast host Phoebe Robinson.
Photo by Nidaa Aboulhosn
Photographer Michael Lundgren works collaboratively with scientists, writers, and artists on historically and socially engaged bodies of work, but his true passion is the poetic potential of the medium. His first monograph, Transfigurations (2008), is an evolution of the modernist search for form within a primitive landscape. Award-winning publisher Radius Books will be releasing Lundgren's second monograph, Matter, in late September. After growing up in the woods and fields of upstate New York, he now lives and works in the Sonoran Desert.
Stefanie Moshammer was born in Vienna in 1988, graduated from the Fashion School of Vienna, and received a bachelor of arts in graphic design and photography at the University of Arts and Industrial Design Linz. In 2015, FOTOHOF edition published her first photo book, Vegas and She. Her work plays on the boundaries between documentary and art, touching on subjects of subculture, intimacy, and ambiguity. In our cover story, complete with surreal, neon-yellow squiggles, she traveled to Rio de Janeiro to embed herself in the colors and the people.
Gianna Toboni is a producer and correspondent with our HBO show VICE. Recently, Toboni hosted and produced documentaries on topics ranging from the Guantánamo Bay detention center, Westerners joining ISIS, and sexual assault on American college campuses. Toboni won a Webby Award in 2014 for best documentary series for "The Real," and is a 2016 Forbes "30 Under 30" recipient. Before VICE, she worked as a correspondent for Al Jazeera and a producer for ABC News. Originally from San Francisco, Toboni currently lives in Brooklyn.