Johns Hopkins Magazine -- June 1999
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Photographer Doug Barber, whose photos chronicle Match Day at the School of Medicine, can be reached via his website at
Teddy Blackburn, who photos appear throughout "Ringside Chronicles," is based in The Bronx. He can be reached via e-mail at:
Illustrator Jacques Cournoyer, whose illustration appears in "Just Give Me Something for the Pain," can be reached through Agency Marlena in Princeton New Jersey, 609/252-9405.
Illustrator Colin Johnson is based in Baltimore. He can be reached by calling 410/484-4819.
Photographer Mark Lee, whose photos appear throughout "Cold-Blooded Compassion" and on the cover, is based in Baltimore and can be reached by calling 410/663-3479.
Illustrator Bonnie Matthews is based in Baltimore and can be reached via e-mail at:
Illustrator Marc Mongeau ("Is SAIS's Soul at Stake?") can be reached through Agency Marlena in Princeton New Jersey, 609/252-9405.
Stephanie Shieldhouse is an illustrator based in Jacksonville, Florida. She can be reached at 904/384-9475.
Photographer Keith Weller is based in Columbia, Maryland, and can be reached by calling 410/381-2400.

Art director Shaul Tsemach knew that Tim Hoen and his iguana "Zivio" were naturals for this issue's cover; he also knew the photo shoot--capably handled by photographer Mark Lee--would be tricky, given Zivio's razor-sharp nails and sensitivity to flashing light. "It's not like shooting a photo with a dog," says Tsemach. "You can't tell the iguana to 'sit.'" (See "Cold-blooded fCompassion.")

Tsemach showed up to art direct the Sunday shoot with two of his kids in tow--and tried not to feel uneasy when he looked up to find his 7-year-old delightedly holding an armful of snakes. (He did, however, warn his son to stay away from the garage, wherein resides an 18-foot python named Bernadette who feasts on goats about young Daniel's size.)

Not surprisingly, the photos featured on pages 48 through 53 took many hours to shoot, and Tsemach had plenty of time to chat with Hoen. "He's so warm, and enthusiastic, and nurturing with the animals," says Tsemach. "It was really inspiring to meet him. To see how one person could have such a huge impact on the world."

During an initial tour of Hoen's home, Tsemach noticed a large ball of snake skin (one of Bernadette's thrice-yearly "sheds"), which he asked Hoen to unfurl. Would you mind wearing it, the art director asked? Hoen said sure, and so the shoot moved out back to the woods. Photographer Lee suggested Hoen look skyward. The effect, says Tsemach, "was almost prayerful, " beautifully capturing Hoen's oneness with the natural world. --SD