Reportage Photography

Technology and business dominate what I write about, but my photo assignments have taken me in many directions. Some of my favorite topics are below. For more, please see my photo website. Thank you for your interest!

Urban Farming

More and more American cities try to revitalize downtown and foster healthier communities by supporting urban farming. California is, naturally, at the forefront of this trend. I visited several farms and urban farmers in Oakland with my colleague Laetitia Mailhes for an article in French daily Libération. Extended gallery here.

urban farming, City Slicker Farms garden at Union Plaza Park in Oakland.

The City Slicker Farms garden at Union Plaza Park in Oakland

Volunteer Lyn Wenzel checks for insects

urban farming, neighbors of farm in Oakland, California

A group of neighbors in front of the Center Street Farm in West Oakland

Hobby farmer Keyetta Williams grows tomatoes in her backyard

Mandela Foods Cooperative staff posing for a group photo

NO cookies, made in Oakland: NO sugar, NO milk, NO eggs

The NO cookie from Oakland contains NO sugar, NO wheat, and NO eggs

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The World’s Most Famous Chimp

He used to be in Hollywood, he used to be a star. Now he lives in Pasadena – and is still a star. I visited Tarzan’s old friend Cheeta for an article in the Financial Times Germany and also shot a video for stern.de. More images here.

Cakes are a messy affair

Cheeta’s autobiography was written by a ghostwriter in Britain

Naturally, he's curious himself

Here comes the cake: Cheeta and his caretaker, Dan Westfall

How about some entertainment for the audience?

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Honey, Where Are All the Bees?

Suddenly, the buzz dies down and the hives are empty: a mysterious phenomenon dubbed “Colony Collapse Disorder” is threatening the livelihood of bees, as well as the future of many fruits and vegetables. Bees, after all, are needed as pollinators for much of what you see at your local supermarket. Alongside my Swiss colleague Katja Schaer, I headed out to almond orchards near Modesto, California, to meet with beekeeper John Miller of Miller Honey Farms.

Longtime beekeper John Miller inspects one of his beehives

Many bees vanish through a mysterious illness

named “Colony Collapse Disorder”

Beehives among almond orchards in California’s Central Valley

John Miller kneels down to take a closer look at his beehives

An assistant helps out with the “smoker”

The smoke has a calming effect on the bees

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Singularity University

These days, technology advances at a speed that’s hard to keep up with. And at some point sooner rather than later, progress in IT, biotech, nanotech and other fields will converge and eclipse the capacities of the human mind – welcome to the point of the “singularity,” as defined by author and inventor Ray Kurzweil. Intrigued, Google and other investors provided seed money for the Singularity University. I got a chance to follow the first class in 2009 for a couple of days and witness their graduation. See a larger selection of images here.

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Justyna Zander arrived via Berlin’s Fraunhofer Institute

at Singularity University

Slide backgroundSingularity University guest speaker Peter Thiel, investor, co-founder PayPal

PayPal co-founder Peter Thiel is one of many high-profile guest speakers

Singularity University: members of first class showing their ringsSingularity University: members of first class showing their rings

One ring to bind them all…

Singularity University students at campus in Mt. View, NASA Ames

Nice place to study

Slide backgroundSingularity University, first class of 2009, members of “Team Global”

The first class of 2009: members of “Team Global”

Slide backgroundSingularity University teacher, former astronaut Dan Barry, with Singularity University logo

Yes, we have astronauts:

former spaceman Dan Barry, one of Singuarity U's teachers

Slide backgroundSingularity University graduate Holley Abrams

Not without my cello…

graduate Holley Abrams takes her favorite instrument wherever she goes

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San Francisco and the Beat Poets

San Francisco was home to Jack Kerouac, Allen Ginsberg and other famous poets of the Beat Generation – so it makes sense that there’s a whole museum dedicated to them and their work. Right next to the Beat Museum is the legendary book store City Lights. More here.

Slide backgroundBeat Museum entrance in San Francisco

Welcome to the Beat Museum

Slide backgroundBeat Museum, San Francisco, collection with Kerouac typewriter

Vintage Playboy issues are among the collector's items on display upstairs

Slide backgroundJerry Cimino, director of San Francisco’s Beat Museum

Beat Museum director Jerry Cimino

This 1948 Hudson co-starred in the Kerouac biopic "On the Road"

Slide backgroundCity Lights bookstore in San Francisco, famous for beat poet legacy

A legend in its own right: City Lights Books in North Beach

Slide backgroundBeat poet books inside City Lights bookstore in San Francisco

A whole floor at City Lights is devoted to the Beat Poets

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Zynga

Behind the scenes at social gaming pioneer Zynga: I had a chance to take a closer look at the maker of  “Farmville,” “Bubble Safari” and other popular games for a company profile in the German trade publication Gamesmarkt. If you’d like to play a little more, a full gallery is here.

The games begin

with a multimedia tunnel

Zynga founder Mark Pincus and his late dog Zinga

Zynga founder Mark Pincus and his late dog Zinga

The Zynga The FarmVille team at work at Zynga HQ

The FarmVille team at work

Shooting hoops across from the cafeteria

UI designer Marshall Smith and his dogs