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'Tijuana Barrio Death Trap' 1969 Photograph - Limited Edition of 25

John Crosley

United States

Photography, Black & White on Paper

Size: 36 W x 24.1 H x 1 D in

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A young Mexican boy stands at the doorway of a makeshift shack in a barrio on the banks of Tijuana River, Tijuana, Mexico, 1969, within sight of the US.. Year of capture is stated wrongly in posting data; it is 1969, but a posting software error prevents posting the correct date because of an error and no posting is allowed with the 1969 dat3. When the error is fixed, I intend to post a correction here.] The Tijuana River long has been known for frequent, heavy, often catastrophic flooding; This shack has a flimsy foundation, clearly not built for sturdiness, but it provided scarce housing. That housing, however, was extremely dangerous for another reason, even if not readily apparent to passersby or its often poorly-educated occupants. Ferocious, often sudden flooding caused residents to be at risk of drowning and being washed away to the Pacific Ocean when the when the usually dry or treakly Tijuana River suddenly rages with rushing stormwater from flash flooding or from huge winter storms that often pass over the area for a week or more in winter Those storms dump immeasurable and massive volumes of water over Southern California and northern Baja, California (Mexico) including Tijuana. A year or so after this photo, I read in a newspaper that this river flooded, and a large number of Mexicans living here drowned and were washed to sea. Bodies and housing debris washed up on the otherwise picturesque shores of California’s San Diego County just north of the river's mouth.. An Internet search recently for flood deaths that year from this river did not yield information on that particular flood; I intend to repeat the search after a substantial time since experience shows me that search returns often get better and more detailed with time. I did find reference to a substantial number of large, fatal floods from such flooding. John Crosley © 1969, 2002, all rights reserved.

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Photography:Black & White on Paper

Artist Produced Limited Edition of:25

Size:36 W x 24.1 H x 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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