when the dust clears

Words about and images of matters political, social, and military

About BXP

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Here you’ll find reported stories—in text, still photos, video, and audio—and topical essays about matters political, social, and military and their various intersections.

Please feel free to comment, disagree, amplify.


I am an independent journalist and filmmaker based in Brooklyn, NY. I write for Mother Jones, Huffington Post, ColorLines, and other publications and blogs. I have contributed video reporting to (the now defunct) Now with David Brancaccio and World Politics Review and photographed for The New York Times, Politiken, and other publications and outlets. Previously, I was a CNN correspondent, Beijing Bureau Chief for US News & World Report, a staff photographer for US News, and an assistant editor/factcheker for the Village Voice newspaper.

In 2010, my first documentary, Full Disclosure, screened in the Maysles Institute “Winter Soldiers: Vietnam to Iraq and Afghanistan” program, at the Big Sky Documentary Film Festival, and at the Atlanta Underground Film Festival. I received grants from the Ford Foundation and the Applied Research Center to complete Full Disclosure.

I have been a Fellow at New York University’s Center on Law and Security since Fall 2009. In early 2010, I received a grant from the Nation Investigative Fund to support video and print reporting in Bangladesh in 2010. (I also contribute pieces to the fund’s blog, www.theinvestigativefund.org.)

I am on the faculty at the School of Visual Arts, MFA Photography, Video, and Related Media.
I graduated from Brown University with a BA in East Asian Studies (China) and the School of Visual Arts with in MFA in photography.


Written by bxpnyc

2009/08/27 at 18:42

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  1. Excellent article (The Nobel Committee’s Symbolism). Thank you. All the ifs and buts, and yet…Right.

    Your I.F. Stone quote reminded me of something I have been trying to trace for some time, a continuation of Bismarck’s famous definition of politics as “the art of the possible”. Somebody, Oscar Wilde being the prime suspect, added: “..and the artfulness of the impossible”. Would yoiu by any chance know who the author is?

    Sincerely yours, Johs. Plesner

    johannes plesner

    2010/04/22 at 10:00

  2. […] About BXP August 2009 1 comment 3 […]

  3. Hello, I came across your fascinating blog in a google search for A. Maben Hobson. I have been researching Maben and the Hobson/Pemberton families for approximately 5 years. I live in Richmond, VA and thought perhaps we could help each other in our different quests for knowledge. I can at the very least help you with AMH’s burial information. If you would care to discuss this, I would love to hear from you. Otherwise, I enjoy your writing! Thank you for your time!

    Arie Drewes

    2013/05/24 at 22:43

    • We would love to talk, Arie. Emailing you right now …


      2013/05/24 at 23:11

  4. Hi BXP,
    I’m project manager on a revamp of racialequitytools.org. We are looking for images to use on the new site and I’m wondering if you would allow us permission to use this photo from FR2012 https://bxpnyc.wordpress.com/2012/11/20/facing-race-2012-photos-2/#jp-carousel-1104
    Of course we would credit you. I can send you a pdf of the design so you can see the context in which it would be used. What do you think? Thank you for considering this.


    2013/08/13 at 12:45

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