Fifteen-minute power portrait

I was recently commissioned by Worth Magazine and given a 30-minute window to photograph Preet Bharara in an office I had never visited.

He’s the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York. He’s become well known for his office’s prosecutions of insider trading and other financial fraud on Wall Street. He’s a big deal and a busy man.

I was lead into a dim, windowless law library and my half-hour window began shrinking as meetings and phone calls started to run over.

Finally Mr. Bharara was free. He stepped into the lights, we loosened up with some of my patented irreverent and self-deprecating humor. When time was up I made a plea for a few more shots in his office. And that was that.

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Jeremy Bales