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Tuesday, March 5, 2019

FedEx forklift driver James Wilson

Last week I photographed inside the FedEx Express Hub in Indianapolis for a weekend story in The Wall Street Journal about the booming U.S. economy. I left my house at 1:17 a.m. and arrived at the massive facility at the Indianapolis International Airport just before 2:30 a.m. I’ve been in a lot of factories over the years, but I had never seen anything like this. The subject for the story, James Wilson, is a material handler who uses a forklift to pack pallets of overnight packages into aluminum shipping containers to be loaded onto airplanes. Wilson’s work area is a ballet of forklifts playing three-dimensional Tetris. It kept me on my toes. I had my head on a swivel to make sure I wasn’t walking into the path of a forklift or getting in the way of the other workers. It was incredible to get a glimpse of the intricate process that goes on while most of us are asleep.

James Wilson, a FedEx material handler, uses a forklift to load a pallet of packages for shipment at the FedEx Express Hub in Indianapolis in the early morning hours of Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2019. The jobless rate in the United States is near the lowest level since the 1960s, but gains are not being distributed evenly. (James Brosher for The Wall Street Journal)

James Wilson, a FedEx material handler, uses a forklift to load a pallet of packages for shipment at the FedEx Express Hub in Indianapolis in the early morning hours of Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2019. The jobless rate in the United States is near the lowest level since the 1960s, but gains are not being distributed evenly. (James Brosher for The Wall Street Journal)

James Wilson, a FedEx material handler, secures cargo netting over a stack of packages at the FedEx Express Hub in Indianapolis in the early morning hours of Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2019. (James Brosher for The Wall Street Journal)

James Wilson, a FedEx material handler, secures cargo netting over a stack of packages at the FedEx Express Hub in Indianapolis in the early morning hours of Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2019. (James Brosher for The Wall Street Journal)

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Monday, April 27, 2015

Dr. Richard Fogel

Earlier this month I photographed Dr. Richard Fogel, a heart doctor at St. Vincent Heart Center in Indianapolis, for a Wall Street Journal story outlining a recent dramatic increase in the price of a pair of heart medications, Isuprel (Isoproterenol) and Nitropress (Nitroprusside Sodium). The price hikes were not a result of improvements but rather the ownership: the prices rose drastically after the rights to the drugs were acquired by Valeant Pharmaceuticals in earlier this year.

Richard Fogel

Dr. Richard Fogel poses for a portrait on Friday, April 3, 2015, at the St. Vincent Heart Center in Indianapolis. Ascension Health, which operates 131 hospitals across the country including St. Vincent, estimates price hikes to a pair of life-saving heart drugs, Isuprel (Isoproterenol) and Nitropress (Nitroprusside Sodium), will triple its spending on the medications this year. The price hikes were not a result of improvements but rather the ownership: the prices rose drastically after the rights to the drugs were acquired by Valeant Pharmaceuticals in February. (James Brosher for The Wall Street Journal)

Richard Fogel

Dr. Richard Fogel, right, speaks with a patient Deanna Chrysler, of West York, Ill., during an appointment on Friday, April 3, 2015, at the St. Vincent Heart Center in Indianapolis. (James Brosher for The Wall Street Journal)

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Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Retired U.S. Army Col. Richard Welch

Last month I had the opportunity to photograph Richard Welch, a retired U.S. Army colonel, for a story in The Wall Street Journal about the U.S. government’s delay in processing visas for Iraqis who assisted Welch and other American troops during the war. With the rise of the Islamic State and other factions hostile to the United States, these Iraqis and their families now find themselves as targets as they wait years for visas to enter the U.S.

Richard Welch

Retired U.S. Army Col. Richard Welch speaks to a colleague as they eat at an off-campus Turkish restaurant near campus on Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015, in Bloomington, Ind. Welch is a doctoral student in Law and Democracy at the Center for Constitutional Democracy at the IU Maurer School of Law. The only thing on the wall in his shared office is a tourist map of Iraq from 2008. During his time serving in Iraq, Welch relied on several Iraqis to build local support for the U.S. mission. Now the lives of those Iraqis remain in danger as they wait years for visas to enter the U.S. Welch has filed letters of support and says he is ashamed the administration has failed to resettle thousands of those who helped save American and Iraqi lives. (James Brosher for The Wall Street Journal)

Richard Welch

Retired U.S. Army Col. Richard Welch points out areas in Northern Iraq on a tourist map of the country on Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015, in his office at Indiana University in Bloomington, Ind. Welch is a doctoral student in Law and Democracy at the Center for Constitutional Democracy at the IU Maurer School of Law. (James Brosher for The Wall Street Journal)

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