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Drawn to His Subjects

Artist Joe Ciardiello has drawn quirky pen-and-ink portraits of such notables as Hilary Clinton, J.D. Salinger, and John L. Hooker for Rolling Stone, The Atlantic Monthly, The New Yorker, Time, Sports Illustrated, and a host of other national magazines. But calling Ciardiello, who illustrated this issue's profile of P.J. O'Rourke, a caricaturist would be a mistake. "I really don't consider myself a caricaturist in the traditional sense," says Ciardiello. "Generally my drawings are portraits that I've just tweaked a bit." Ciardiello, who lives in western New Jersey, is currently at work on a book of portraits of such blues musicians as Lightnin' Hopkins and Mississippi John Hurt.

Open Shutter, Open Mind

Photographer John Davis, who shot a backyard portrait of Vinny DeMarco and his family for this issue, says he tries to be open minded about every photo shoot he does and about every subject he photographs. The DeMarcos were "fun," he says. "They seemed very open and willing to work with me." In addition to doing commercial work, the Baltimore-based photographer likes to take fine art photos with a Holga toy camera. The plastic camera "just removes a lot of the complexities of normal cameras and allows me to shoot more freely and think about concepts more," he explains. Davis' work has been published in The City Paper and Premiere magazine. —MB

Kristi Birch (Wholly Hopkins: "On the Road to Child Safety") is a writer at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. She can be reached at
Illustrator Joe Cepeda (Wholly Hopkins: "An Expansive Approach to the Nursing Shortage") lives and works in Southern California. View more of his work at or contact him via e-mail at
Illustrator Joe Ciardiello ("Wise Guy") lives and works in New York. Visit his Web site at
Photographer John Davis ("Grassroots Guru") is based in Baltimore. Contact him by calling 410-241-2767.
Photographer Bill Denison ("Your Other Life") lives and works in Baltimore. Phone him at 410-823-0001.
Illustrator Gilbert Ford ("Essay") is a New-York based illustrator. He can be reached at 347-452-4098 or through his Web site,
Illustrator Victoria Kann (Wholly Hopkins: "Resetting the Tenure Clock") lives and works in New York. You can see more of her work on her Web site,
Will Kirk '99 ( "Big Question" and Wholly Hopkins: "A Rough and Ready Landmine Detector" and "Vignette") is a photographer for Homewood Photographic Services. E-mail him at

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