Photograph by Eli Reed / Magnum The Digital Journalist

This is my downstairs neighbor, who is also my landlord's son, Thomas Cobb Jr. I had a ten-minute window of opportunity because of the light going and Thomas's antics. He IS "Dennis the Menace!" I was shooting a big group of children in Harlem on the next day for an advertising client for a national ad. One of the early ideas was to photograph a single child, and I decided to shoot it with his aunt's hands around his shoulders without help from assistants or anything or anyone else. His mother was surprised by the image, but it was 
what I saw in Thomas.


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