Inside the Times: What It’s Like Embedding in a Restaurant for Three Months

From a Times Insider column by Gary He headlined “Embedding in a Restaurant for Months”:

On a chilly Saturday in early December, I stood on a corner on the Lower East Side of Manhattan, snapping photos of a restaurant across the street. A pack of intoxicated men dressed as Santa Claus, participating in an annual costumed bar crawl, stumbled into my frame. I gave chase with my camera, trying to line them up for a photo.

It was my first day making pictures for a photo essay for The New York Times. The article was not about the drunk Santas, but the restaurant behind them.