When I learned the news, I thought, “Why mourn now? Let’s rent the camera and write about the experience!” So we booked the New York studio and decided to make a group portrait of our staff.
We met John Reuter and his colleague Nafis Azad in Tribeca on a hot day in July. They operate the camera and manage all of the technical aspects of the shoot. For us, Reuter set the focal length and overall framing, while Azad, under a black drape, focused precisely. Then Reuter tripped the shutter and popped the strobes.