Since '97 I have been doing "multi-media" or "text-based" illustration, mostly for the New York Times. Either I'll write text and collaborate with a designer, or take a photograph, or a combination of both. At one point I was doing so many of these - along with my friend Nicholas Blechman - that we were obliged to use assume a pseudonym: Johnny Sweetwater. We got the name from a tavern in Williamsburg where we did a lot of our "thinking". You will see it on a couple of the images in this gallery which were selected from a much larger mass of work, often done with turnarounds of a matter of hours. These are scans from the actual published pages because context for this kind of stuff is everything. I also wrote brief descriptions below the enlarged images which might help. I have been doing far less of this since moving to LA - too far, it seems, from Sweetwater Tavern ...

Illustration
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What Is America? | New York Times Op-Art
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The Sex in Taxes | New York Times Op-Ed

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The Humor Section | New York Times Book Review
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The Sweat Behind The Shirt | The Nation

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Book Trailer | New York Times Book Review
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What We Use to Learn About Ourselves | New York Times Magazine

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Magnetic Subway | New York Times Op-Ed
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Invented Languages | New York Times Book Review

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Political Map of the Republic | New York Times Week in Review
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Self-Portrait | New York Times Magazine

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Asteroid 1997 XF11 | New York Times Op-Art
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Genetically Modified Specials | New York Times Op-Art

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George W. Bush Memorial Park | The Nation
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Smog-In-A-Can | New York Times Op-Ed

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Religion in School | New York Times Op-Ed
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Post-Millenium Checklist | New York Times Op-Art

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Postmodern TV | New York Times Op-Ed
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Oscar Food Chain | The Nation

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Neanderthal | New York Times Op-Ed
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The Balloon Community Responds | New York Times Op-Art

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Celestial Bodies | New York Times Op-Art
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Magnetic Debate | New York Times Op-Art

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The Elections Will Be Televised | New York Times Op-Ed
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Science+Art | New York Times Op-Ed

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On-Line Voting | George Magazine
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More Weird Weather | New York Times Op-Art

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Mice | New York Times Op-Ed
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The Worry Gene | New York Times Op-Ed

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Elephant Stampede | New York Times Op-
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14 Expressions for the Distressed Wall Street Trader | New York Times Op-Art

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Grapes of Wrath '98 | New York Times Op-Ed
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Alternate Taxes | New York Times Op-Art

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Art Removed for Security Purposes | New York Times Op-Ed
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Shockin' Art Materials | New York Times Op-Ed

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Made in ... | New York Times Op-Art
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E-Mail You Should Be Leery Of | New York Times Op-Art

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Gas-Mask | New York Times Op-Ed
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Mental Illness | New York Times Op-Ed

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The End | New York Times Op-Art
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