As this decade ends, I wanted to commemorate its passing by collecting images from these special people that have helped me over the years. I asked them to select an image of theirs that is historic, unique, revealing or memorable. Most of all, I wanted the image to be something personal … an image special to them.
A Post Magazine editor encouraged Matt Mendelsohn to pursue the story after reviewing his photos of Ess. But the atmosphere apparently soured after Weymouth told Mendelsohn at a birthday brunch in her honor that this was not the sort of piece that she favored for the magazine. Weymouth has been telling editors that there have been too many stories similar to the one last November about a 13-year-old dwarf undergoing surgery to lengthen her legs.
Sports Shooter Q & A: with Matt Mendelsohn:
I decided that a Q & A would be a good format to discuss Matt Mendelsohn’s story and photographs of Lindsay Ess. This Q & A was conducted via Instant Message and covers a wide range of topics concerning his story, the media, self-image and balancing writing and making photographs while reporting this personal project.