Above, Martin Shkreli in FBI custody being taken to his arraignment after his arrest for securities fraud and related charges, for which he would be convicted after a jury trial.

Reporter

 JB Nicholas with his camera in an NYPD prisoner transport van behind the Tombs, New York City, 2014. Photo by Mary Altaffer.

JB Nicholas with his camera in an NYPD prisoner transport van behind the Tombs, New York City, 2014. Photo by Mary Altaffer.

I don't simply parrot press releases, I go out and find the truth, wherever it's been buried. In addition to breaking news, I look for stories that have not been told, by people who have been denied a voice. Stories like those of Carol Crooks, who sparked an all-female prison rebellion in 1974; Vlad Teichberg, Wall Street coder turned Anarchist information activist; Frank F. Parlato, an accused felon who exposed a sadistic sex-cult; Kelly Spinelli, a female detainee on Rikers Island who was repeatedly sexually abused by guards; and Anthony Kneisser, jailed because he was too poor to pay a $239 littering fine.

 

Photojournalism

I get what editors call "the shot" -- the photograph that tells the story in one frame. What sets me apart from other news photographers is my proven ability to capture the kind of candid, revealing imagery that famous people and government officials try to prevent, subjects as serious as the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting, as silly as British Prince Harry using a Porta-Potty, and as pop as Kayne and Kim Kardashian holding hands in public for the first time, a tabloid trifecta published by the New York Post, New York Daily News and Daily Mail. Whatever or whomever the subject, I've produced the highest-quality photojournalism in some of the biggest international news stories of the last decade.

 

Criminal Justice Consultant and Public Speaker

The pictures tell the story / This life has many shades.
"Rose Tattoo," Dropkick Murphys

I've had experience with the criminal justice system for more than 25 years, first as a criminal, second as a convict and prisoners' rights advocate, then covering it as a journalist in New York City. Few have the wealth of lived experience and insight I have into crime, cops, courts, jails, advocacy and criminal justice-focused news reporting. Allow me to share with your audience what my odyssey has taught me about violence, trauma, crime, redemption, mass incarceration, juvenile justice, prisoner re-entry, policing, activism or journalism.

 

 

Creative Consultant

 Michael Douglas, on location shooting "Wall Street 2," at Sing Sing, a maximum-security New York State prison.

Michael Douglas, on location shooting "Wall Street 2," at Sing Sing, a maximum-security New York State prison.

My insight and advice into crime and the criminal justice system is also available to those pursuing creative endeavors in film, television and radio, and my extensive knowledge of New York City and its surrounding areas makes me an ideal location scout as well.