Lauren O'Neill

New York Times Magazine
with Randi Brookman Harris

Lauren O'Neill
<i>New York Times Magazine</i> <br>with Randi Brookman Harris
 

I had the absolute pleasure of playing a tiny part on the New York Times Magazine cover for their annual 'The Lives They Lived' issue. The annual issue is focused on tributes to icons, artists, innovators, and thinkers who passed away that year.

 
 

My math and measuring skills were put to use in assisting prop extraordinaire Randi Brookman Harris on the installation for this shoot. Both the New York Times and photographer Craig Cutler's teams were amazing to work with—we all hit it off so well and it made for a really great shoot.

 
 

Initially, from my understanding—the shot was going to include all the light boxes illuminated, but as it came together and we started turning the light boxes on and off during installation, we had the idea to shoot a stop motion with the boxes turning off, leaving only the center illuminated (as seen on the final cover above).

 
 

It was really wonderful seeing it all come together + receive the printed issue in the paper. I love what Randi said about the whole experience, 'an inspiring shootday and exceptional teamwork.' It really was—after we wrapped, together we celebrated with chocolate babka from Russ & Daughters, red wine, and new friendships. 

I loved this feature on NYT's website about the making of the story as well. So interesting to hear how it came together on the editorial side, while I watched + had a hand on the creative side. 

Read the whole 'The Lives They Lived' feature online too.