I’ve got a bunch of people to thank. I just had a wonderful weekend here in Milan, Italy, being welcomed and warmly received. I had a show at the Foundation Bandera for the Arts in Busto, just outside of Milan, and I have never had my pictures displayed better. It was just wonderful. I mean, they wrapped couple of cars with pictures, which is way cool.
(Gives me some marketing notions. Maybe I could get a cab medallion in NY? Forget the yellow cab deal. Wrap it in B&W nudes, and put a rotating portfolio on top with one of those electric displays? I probably couldn’t pass the test for my hack license, though. I don’t know the streets of Moscow well enough…)
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Back to Milan. This whole ball got rolling in the head of my dear friend Federica Brunini, who emailed me last year and suggested we do a show. (I’ve been spending a couple weeks a year teaching in Italy, so she thought it would make sense.) I said sure, and immediately consigned it to one of those “good photo ideas that are never gonna happen cause it is just so tough to do and it’s hard to find sponsors” and on and on. But dang if she didn’t do it, by enlisting the help of the Foundation, run by Franco and Latitzia Bandera, the city of Busto, and Azonzo Travel. (Fabio Chisari, who runs the agency, can get anybody, anywhere, anytime, even pain in the ass photogs.)
We could not have participated on my end without Dano, my good friend Dan Steinhardt, of Epson. Take a few minutes and check out his work. He sees and makes beautiful pictures out of stuff most of us just walk by. Dano came through big time for us, as always, and after editing, discussion, printing, framing and just hard work in general, 80 pictures made it onto the walls.
So I came over, and lectured at the White Star Adventure Bookstore in downtown Milan, which may be the most beautiful bookstore I have ever been in. Also spent a few hours on Friday at a high school in Busto, sharing pictures and questions with a roomful of teenagers. Again, very cool. Show opened Saturday night.