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'Coiffure d'Alberto -- Strasburg, France - Limited Edition of 12 Photograph

John Crosley

United States

Photography, Black & White on Paper

Size: 40 W x 26.6 H x 0.1 D in

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When I practiced law before retirement in the late 1980s at a relatively young age to travel and photograph, I often worked up to and in excess of 100 hours a week. One week each summer, she and I would go tour Europe and spend much time enjpoying French culture. A favorite was Strasburg, France, near the Rhine River which separates France from Germany. The Ill river, wdhich flows through Strasbourg provided power after the Industrial Revolution and from the beginning of commerce, connected Strasburg to the Rhine, which in Medieval and Renaissance times to present is a major waterythat has formed a border not only between Swiutzerland and Lichtenstein, then Switzerland and Germany, then farther north formed the de facto border between Germany and France. History saw France and Germany 'claiming Strasburg, now part of France. Tpourists, however, easily could mistake the city for being German, ancient houses and structures were made in the half timber style common to Germany. In its often sumptuous gourmet restaurants, one usually can order saurkraut, a dishof fermenterd cabbage, common in Germany as well as famous French cuisine plus specvialties of the region including white wines from vineyards perched in wineries that dot the Eastern slopes of the Vosges mountains, famous quiche of egg, cheese, milk products in a crust (named for the adjoining Lorraine district of FGrance. This is Strasbourg's center, away from its famed tourist area which draws tourists from worldwide to view its famed, classic Gothic structure, stained glass windows and huge volumes (open spaces) which tower over the pews for the congregation. The church's astronomical clock dates fro mits middle years at a period when 'time' became capable of mathematical computation. The clock has the various moving figures and other displays as it notes various events related to time's passage, and it correctly is named an 'astrological clock' This is a medical buillding, empty on a Sunday when blue laws that existed through the 1980s when this was taken, kept towns and villages throughout France empty of commerce, just as they did no next door Germany. France officially is a religious state and Catholicism is the main religion -- the state had forbidden all but essential commerce on Sunday's -- the Lord's Day of Rest. Commerce was closed for busines with numerous exceptions including those named as 'tourist cities -- about 500 through France. Across the Rhine German commerce and businesses followed essentially the same restrictions - also with exceptions. For instance famikly owned business selling food, especially were exempt while other businesses then wer eforbidden. The whole subject of Blue Laws or Sunday closing laws, could fill volumes. This Sunday features a young Gypsy (Romany boy with his accordion seated at the entrance of this building devoted to doctors and dentists riarily as noted on the building directory. The osteoporotic old woman bends awkwardly for a better view down the sidewalk while dressed in her finest clothes that she wore that mornign to church services. All are in front of the shop Coiffure d'Alberto, loosely translated as Alberto's Hair Salon. It is next to a store vending the US brand of shoes then sold worldwide, Redwing. A different varient of the view can be seen behind thephotographer as shown in the reflection of the mirrored front of the professional building. This is a scene typical of a Franch city on a Sunday in the mid 1980s. away from toruist attractions. Elsewhere car and busloads of German tourists take in th e sites of the old tannery, the famed cathedral, the warehouse turned restaurant across the square from the cathedral where on e climbs to higher stories on a huge masonry circular stairway that has an oversie rope falling several stories down he middle that sgtair climbers could hang on to for security. The 'dining rooms' (onetime Medieval storerooms) have what seems like miniature height doorways, a reminder that good nutrition have helped raise the height of European citizens nearly a foot since the 1400s when the doorways were first fashioned and then allowed plenty of headroom for those passing through. (c) 1968-2020, John Crosley/Crosley trust, all rights reserved. No reproduction of image or story without express prior written permission from copyright owner.

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Photography:Black & White on Paper

Artist Produced Limited Edition of:12

Size:40 W x 26.6 H x 0.1 D in

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I am a photographer who has taken in the past 12 years, over est. 2 million images, mostly street, with many shown previously under various host sites to over est. 200 million counted viewers. I practiced law very successfully in Silicon Valley, CA for nearly two decades; retiring at about age 40. I am a graduate of NYC's Columbia College, Columbia University. As editor/writer/photographer, I won the Lebhar-Friedman Publishing Blue Chip award for excellence in writing, editing, and photography. For law,I won a variety of awards and special recognition. I attended law school in Silicon Valley, graduating with honors and founding my own Silicon Valley law firm, from which I retired in the late 1980s. I have worked side by side with over a half dozen Pulitzer prize-winning photographers, was shot once, and later medically evacuated from Vietnam while photographing the war there. Self-taught in photography, later, among others, I have been mentored by the following: 1. Henri Cartier-Bresson 2. Sal Vader, Pulitzer winner, Associated Press 3. Wes Gallagher, President/Ceo of Associated Press who groomed me to replace him as A.P. head. 4. Sam Walton, Wal-Mart founder who tried to lure me into his smaller company, now the world's largest. retailer. 5. Walter Baring, Peabody award winner, WRVR-FM NYC's premier cultural radio station. 6./ A variety of great photographers, many Pulitzer winners, including many also from Associated Press,/ Many were Vietnam war colleagues from my freelancing the Vietnam war; others from AP NYC world headquarters. I took H C-B's advice: 'Shoot for yourself, John,' to avoid photo work that would require shooting in a special style. not my own. HCB's s generous, helpful advice also resulted in a career with AP wire service as a world news writer and editor, world service, Associated Press world headquarters, NYC. 6. Michel Karman, Lucie Award photo printer and photo exhibition genius. ent in two 'wars' -- the Vietnamese War, and a prisoner of war taken by Russian separatists in the current Ukrainian--Russian Separatist battles that killed over 10,000 and displaced over 1 million. While writing and as a worldwide photo editor for Associated Press, I was asked to understudy their CEO (worldwide General Manager), to become successor general manager on his retirement, but declined the position. I live the lifestyle of a photographer and am proud of it.

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