I recently had the opportunity to work on a project with The New York Times. I told many of you a little about it but had to be vague per request by the Times. Well, the cat is out of the bag! Yesterday (Tuesday) the story about a firm searching for a cure for Malaria ran in the paper as well as online. It ran on the cover of the science page with lots of nice photographs by Susana Raab. I shot and produced the video and they edited back in NYC. I am proud of the completed product. You can see the video here. I must say this is the only assignment I have done in the United States where I was read the disclaimer “There is a very remote chance you could get Malaria on this shoot.” That’s when those questions of “why am I doing this?” and “Is this risk worth what I am being paid?” run through my head. Obviously those questions didn’t slow me down too much. I put on the scrubs, sanitized my equipment, and put on layer after layer of new plastic gowns as I entered clean-room after clean-room.
Here I am holding the last line of defense–the fly swatter–with the talented Times science writer Donald G. McNeil Jr. in the mosquito dissection room at Sanaria Inc. in Maryland November 15, 2007. Photograph by Susana Raab for The New York Times.
I am really encouraged by the work Dr. Stephen Hoffman and his team are doing to eradicate malaria. Those of you who have seen someone sick with Malaria will really appreciate Hoffman’s mission.