The biggest franchise at TIME is the Person of the Year Issue, which is published each December. This is a highly secretive operation in which only a handful of editors work on the project and it gets revealed in early December. The person of the year franchise often allows unprecedented access to the subjects. Since I have been the photo director at TIME, we have named President Barack Obama, Mark Zuckerberg, Angela Merkel and President Trump, among others. My role is overseeing all of the assigning of photography and art direction and production for the shoots.