Learn more about the contributors featured in this issue.

Peter Yang
After majoring in journalism at the University of Texas, Yang spent four years at a newspaper in Austin. “It was a great experience shooting three assignments a day,” the 29-year-old photographer says. “It could be a portrait, a car wreck, and a football game all in the same day.” Besides this issue’s portraits of the airborne staff at Nau, he says his most interesting recent subject was Iggy Pop: “That dude’s a stud. I hope I’m that cool when I’m 60–or 30, for that matter.”


Aric Chen
“The energy in Shanghai is really spectacular,” says Chen, a New York freelance writer who spent two weeks in China reporting our June cover story. He is a contributing editor for Surface, I.D., and Interior Design, and regularly writes about architecture, design, art, and travel for The New York Times, Art + Auction, and other publications.

Polly Labarre
When she lived in Portland, Oregon, home of Nau (“Leap of Faith”), LaBarre spent as much time as possible in the Columbia River Gorge. Now back in New York, she misses riding her bike everywhere, her compost pile, fresh blackberries, and wild salmon. She was part of the original Fast Company editorial team, and, with the magazine’s cofounder William C. Taylor, coauthored Mavericks at Work: Why the Most Original Minds in Business Win.

Lorenzo Agius
In his 15-year career, Agius has photographed many of the most popular movie stars and recording artists, from Johnny Depp and Nicole Kidman to Madonna and Sonic Youth. He studied art and art history at the University of East Anglia in Norwich, England, and first made his name with his work for the film Trainspotting. This month’s cover features his portrait of actress Ziyi Zhang.

Chuck Salter
Senior writer Chuck Salter, the son of journalists, grew up knowing he wanted to write about intriguing people. He’s been doing that at Fast Company since 1997, from Baltimore, Chicago, and now New York. Previously, he freelanced for The New York Times Magazine and Sports Illustrated, among others. This month, he writes about the disruptive ways of Disney’s digital team.