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'Flying: Paris Metro' Photograph - Limited Edition of 25

John Crosley

United States

Photography, Black & White on Paper

Size: 36 W x 23.4 H x 0.1 D in

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I hope my viewers find my images 'interesting'. Shooting urban space, here Paris, I try to apply a different standard of 'interesting' than if I were shooting in nature. Cities, such as Paris here, are places people gather. Urban planners ttell us large populations are best served inside citites.d\ densely populated,city have, the greater the requirement for rapid, public transportation--here the Paris Metro As crowds await trains, they can easily be bored. Early passengers had newspapers together with people watching. Advertising contributed to maintaining the expensive transport by capturing 'eyeballs' and selling to them; in return advertisers pay the Metro for eyeball access. That worked especially well untill advent of 'devices' such as 'smart phones'. Waiting'sboring. Advertising sells eyeballs to merchants. The Metro here provides 'eyeballs'; the more interesting the view, the more eyeballs to sell. Prior to advent of 'devices' such as the smart phone, traveling a Metro might be a chance to observe people. Advertisers in pre 'device' times most easily captured eyeballs of purchasers of goods and services. This image is from 2007, prior to when most had 'devices' for entertainment and communications to distract.. Paris Metro ads have a long history combining elements of 'art' with the surreal of 'fantasy (among other genres) The advertiser here eplores the theme of human flight, combined with cleaning in an effotrt to 'sell' its views to Metro passengers.. 'Selling' requires capturing eyeballs of passersby;this theme invites views even from jaded Metro riders. I've taken this advertising poster's whimsy a step further and captured the woman's fluttery hands, below compared or 'mirrored' to the amorphous spray above.

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Photography:Black & White on Paper

Artist Produced Limited Edition of:25

Size:36 W x 23.4 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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