Whereas Steve Jobs was a maniac about typography, Tim Cook just doesn’t give a fuck. He’s going to download a freeware cursive font and call it a goddamn day. And where as Jobs cared about color so much that it took days at a jelly bean factory for Apple to find the perfect shade of translucent blue for the iMac G3, Tim Cook’s all like, “Just barf some yellow and blue together and give it a red outline! Like who cares, whatever!

“It’s hard to look people int eh eye and say they don’t have a job anymore — not because of anything they, or we, did in correctly or because we weren’t caring for women in a fabulous way.”

Around one dozen clinics in Texas have shut down or stopped offering abortions after Republicans in the state successfully pushed through legislation that requires doctors performing procedures to have admitting privileges at local hospitals.

Other laws in neighboring states — such as laws requiring the widening of hallways or the installation of high-tech surgical sinks — have caused abortion clinics to fire workers and shut down.

Legislation in Republican-controlled states counts for half of the 73 clinic closures since 2011. The people hardest hit by the shifting laws: Poor and minority women.

Women who live near McAllen, Texas — many of them poor — will now have to drive 150 miles to Corpus Christi if they want an abortion. Their other option: The local flea market, where illegal do-it-yourself drugs cost around $15 a pill.

Republicans have stopped challenging Roe vs. Wade. Their new tactic: Make it harder to get an abortion. So far, their strategy is working.

More: The Vanishing Abortion Clinic (Bloomberg Businessweek)

Last week while shooting another assignment in town for Businessweek, I get a text from one of the editors saying “Mike! Call me back, I want to put you in a helicopter.” 

The next day I got on a plane and spent three days in the suburban wasteland know as Phoenix, Arizona for a story about the housing boom currently going on there. It was on of the most challenging stories of my life from a visual standpoint but in the end, after spending hours driving around in circles in a never ending sea of shopping centers and mile long blocks (seriously), I am really happy and proud of what I was able to do. 

We’re at ‘peak photographer’ at the moment. There is an entire idiot class of professional photographer who seem to believe they’re creating something essential every time they pick up a camera. It’s not the photographer’s fault. I blame the creative directors who commission them. There are way too many photographs in the world. Think of how many pictures have been taken all over the world in the time you’ve read this article – even this sentence. This is another sentence I’ve just typed, so that’s like a ton more. All these images multiplying and multiplying. All those shitty pictures of cats and beautiful sunsets that sit dying in the corner of your smart phone, shared with the hope of being liked by people who all have the same thousand pictures hiding on their phone. All these forgettable memories. I don’t see that’s much different from the endless stream of boring fashion pictures, boring travel pictures, boring still lifes of food that are commissioned by magazines, ad agencies, marketing firms. For every Juergen Teller there are a million Terry Richardsons. So let’s just stop. Or just use what’s there already. Or at least think about it. Sorry I’ve lost my thread. What was the question again?

Businessweek Ranks Schools On Girls’ Hotness

Why did Businessweek think it was a good idea to poll its users about which college campuses have the hottest female students?

Easy: It has done it before and no one noticed.

This year, however, coming just after an election season full of heated debate over the “war on women,” Businessweek’s decision to promote their survey with a headline and a tweet asking “Which business school has the most attractive female students?” went over about as well as you’d expect.

Reaction to the tweet was swift and universally negative, with most reactions either ofappalled horror and disbelief or smirking potshots. On the article itself, reaction was even more negative. Reader Rachel Sklar commented (cached link):

Nothing says “We don’t take women in business seriously” like ranking women based on their looks. This demeans every woman who works at your magazine, every woman you’ve ever covered, and pretty much every woman ever. And it is meant to. Know that this is intentional sexism. Whomever was responsible for publishing this knew exactly what kind of message it sent. That it got sent from BUSINESSWEEK makes it all the more stunning. Fix. This. Fast.

Read more at the Daily Dot! it gets even better when the *COLLEGE PROWLER* SHOWS UP. YES, THAT IS ITS ACTUAL NAME.


Time And Businessweek’s Ferguson Covers Are Stunning For More Than One Reason

For its cover on the crisis in Ferguson, Time chose this stark, powerful image. The picture would seem very appropriate, but its use is all the more resonant because the photographer behind the camera is Scott Olson, one of the many journalists arrested for documenting what was taking place in the Missouri town.

Olson also happened to take the picture that graces the equally powerful cover of Businessweek.

The biggest retail hack in U.S. history wasn’t particularly inventive, nor did it appear destined for success. In the days prior to Thanksgiving 2013, someone installed malware in Target’s (TGT) security and payments system designed to steal every credit card used at the company’s 1,797 U.S. stores.

At the critical moment—when the Christmas gifts had been scanned and bagged and the cashier asked for a swipe—the malware would step in, capture the shopper’s credit card number, and store it on a Target server commandeered by the hackers.

Target Missed Warnings in Epic Hack of Credit Card Data

Skiers #1.

Vail, CO (2013)

I went to Vail last weekend to shoot a travel story for Businessweek. I don’t ski, snowboard or even sled, so for me the mountain felt like a fascinating little foreign wonderland.

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Last week I was asked to do a cover illustration for Bloomberg Businessweek, for an article on Monsanto and the business of GMO’s.  Creative director Robert Vargas wanted something almost creepily cheery, with tons of oversized fruits and vegetables.  Ultimately, they went with a different design, but he and I were pleased with the outcome, and I feel honored to have been given the assignment nonetheless.