South Magazine — Everything you know about paralyzed athletes, says Carlos Moleda, is wrong.
“Some people, for whatever reason, have a picture of people in a chair and think that they’re unhappy or depressed,” says Moleda, a former Navy SEAL who was paralyzed in a 1989 raid. “It’s totally the opposite. Of course there’s a phase where they have to relearn things, but once they have a grasp on who they are and what the possibilities are, they’re the greatest people to have around. They have a tendency to look at the good, because they know that things can change in the blink of an eye.”
Read the full story in the current issue of South Magazine.
The South Magazine — To call Dan Winters a “celebrity photographer” is to miss much of the story.
It’s understandable that people default to the celebrity hook when describing Winters’ work. His style of portraiture is atmospheric, instantly recognizable and a touch other-wordly. There are shots of Tom Hanks, Tupac, Michael Jordan, Jack White, Gwyneth Paltrow, Leonardo DiCaprio, Heath Ledger, Christopher Walken, and a ’50s-inspired version of Laura Dern, lost in some off-camera distance, treated to a desaturated color palette and feeling more permanent and mortal than most ephemeral celebrity photographs. It doesn’t take many glances for even untrained eyes to begin instinctively identifying a Winters portrait.
But if labels make things easier, then Winters—who turns 50 in October and has kept a house on Tybee Island for 14 years—is also an aerospace photographer, an entomological photographer (with a lively interest in electron microscopes), a documenter of America, a chronicler of Texas gang life, a photographer of women in the military, a builder, illustrator and creator of collages and much more. His is a broad, stretching body of work that, he admits, is frustrating to see distilled down to that of a guy who only takes pictures of famous people.
Find the full story in the October/November issue of South Magazine.