Author's bio:

Brian Palmer’s photographs have appeared in The New York Times, Fortune, US News & World Report, and other publications. He has written for Newsday, Newsweek International, Aperture, The New York Times Magazine, and Savoy.

From 2000 through 2002, Palmer was an on-air correspondent for CNN. He served as US News & World Report's China correspondent from 1996 to 1998, but he began his tenure at the magazine as a Staff Photographer. Palmer started his career in journalism as a fact-checker at The Village Voice. He is a Sagittarius.