In a statement posted to a Giffords Facebook page, Weis said: “Any photographer in the country would have loved the opportunity to take these pictures and I was delighted to be asked. I’ve known Gabby for more than a decade and her staff asked me to do it because she wanted someone who was not a stranger -- someone she would be comfortable around."
Weis, now with SouthwestPhotoBank.com, was the Citizen's photo editor for 30 year.
Satisfying 'public curiosity'
Giffords and her husband, astronaut Mark Kelly, decided to make the photos public with hopes the pictures will help her avoid the glare of camera lenses when she begins outpatient therapy later this month, The Arizona Republic says in a story today.
The goal was to satisfy "public curiosity about her appearance," said C.J. Karamargin, Giffords' communications director. "We want to avoid a paparazzi situation," he told the paper.
Giffords now communicates most often in one- and two-word sentences and struggles to find the words she wants to say, Chief of Staff Pia Carusone told the Republic. She uses gestures and facial expressions to get her points across, and her staff and family sometimes "infer" what Giffords means, Carusone said.
Earlier: Cartoonist Matt Davies of The Journal News is finalist for one of this year's Pulitzer Prizes after Gannett lays him off from the Westchester, N.Y., daily.