President and Creative Director—Designer / Photographer / Artist

Director Brand and Story Development—Writer, Producer, Filmmaker, Fundraising Case Consultant

Director Strategy and Organizational Development: Strategic Architect, Growth Catalyst, Coach

Allied Principal, Client Engagement and Brand Strategy Development

Director Hospital and Healthcare Productions: Doctor, Photojournalist, Director-Cameraman, Filmmaker, Writer, Producer

Driven by an insatiable curiosity to be and become more, Max Aguilera-Hellweg has lived multiple lives—photojournalist, writer, filmmaker, author, and doctor. His MD experience brings invaluable insight to the story-making work that supports the studio's hospital foundation fundraising practice. The ability to understand the work of doctors, scientists, and researchers, the inner workings of hospital staffs, and the intimate care and needs of patients and their families enables Intersection Studio to film in these environments as accepted colleagues of the medical culture thus giving us access to stories that are rarely seen or told.
      Inspired by his father's aerial photography from WWII in the Pacific, and a gifted high school photography teacher, Max began his career in photography at 18 when he was hired to do the darkroom work for Rolling Stone Magazine and assist Annie Leibovitz, the chief photographer. It wasn't long before he was out of the darkroom and on assignment as a working journalist.
      His award winning photography has lead to assignments for the top magazines of the world—National Geographic, LIFE Magazine, GEO, New York Times Magazine, Esquire, Rolling Stone, Discover, Scientific American, Fortune, Business Week, Fast Company, Stern, Time, Newsweek, New York, The New Yorker, The Washington Post Magazine, The Los Angeles Times Magazine, The London Sunday Times, Texas Monthly and others.
      But, in 1989, an assignment to photograph a female neurosurgeon for a woman's business magazine changed his life. In the OR, while peering through the lens to the exposed spinal cord of the patient, he became acutely aware of the immense power and mystery he was suddenly privileged to see. Says Max, "I felt I was in the presence of something so precious, so powerful, so pure, I was vulgar, inconsequential, feeble in comparison." The feeling motivated him to spend the next ten years shooting in the OR and to publish The Sacred Heart, an Atlas of the Body Seen Through Invasive Surgery, a book that has inspired a whole generation of surgeons. It also led him to make the arduous journey of medical school and a residency in Internal Medicine.
      His photography is in the collection of the Museum of Modern Art in New York. In the years 1999 and 2000, he received the prestigious Eisenstaedt Award for Science Photography, presented by the Columbia School of Journalism. Max received his MD from Tulane University in 2004 and did his Internship and Residency in Internal Medicine at the University of Massachusetts, Worcester.

Director Solution Agility: Charrette Designer/Facilitator, Collaboration Catalyst, Strategist, Coach