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    Dear John

    I had two missed calls and a voicemail from Antoinette, a gallery manager who works for John, when I got back noontime from my morning errands. I listened to her voicemail and got the sad news that John passed away.

    John's family remembers that I took some pictures of John a few years and asks if I can give them some copies for his memorial services and newspapers.

    Of course I have fond momeries of John. I met him four years ago when I had my show at his Bistango restaurant/gallery. He asked me to set up my camera at the opening. I did that with my 11x14 camera. Everybody came to me to ask questions about the fancy wooden camera and I was all smiles.

    When the crowd thinned a bit, I asked John if he would like me to take his and his daughter's pictures. It would not take long, 15-20 minutes. He obliged. I moved my camera back to the empty hall and quickly put my Packard shutterbox and Universal-Heliar 42cm lens on the front. I worked quickly and exposed eight sheets of 8x10 films.

    Here is my favorite. I could see so much written on this face.

    A short story about John: he escaped Iran during that country's revolution and started his restaurant business first in Paris, then in southern California. Quite successful with a few fancy restaurants freqeunted by local business people. He worked all his life until his late 70's. His daughter jokingly asked me during one of my visits if I could teach him photography so he had something interesting to occupy his time. A warmhearted old man.

    RIP, John.
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    Re: Dear John

    A fine portrait of a fine man.
    Philip Ulanowsky

    Sine scientia ars nihil est. (Without science/knowledge, art is nothing.)
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    Re: Dear John

    RIP John
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    Re: Dear John

    A wonderful portrait and fine memories.

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    Re: Dear John

    Quote Originally Posted by Hugo Zhang View Post
    I had two missed calls and a voicemail from Antoinette, a gallery manager who works for John, when I got back noontime from my morning errands. I listened to her voicemail and got the sad news that John passed away.

    John's family remembers that I took some pictures of John a few years and asks if I can give them some copies for his memorial services and newspapers.

    Of course I have fond momeries of John. I met him four years ago when I had my show at his Bistango restaurant/gallery. He asked me to set up my camera at the opening. I did that with my 11x14 camera. Everybody came to me to ask questions about the fancy wooden camera and I was all smiles.

    When the crowd thinned a bit, I asked John if he would like me to take his and his daughter's pictures. It would not take long, 15-20 minutes. He obliged. I moved my camera back to the empty hall and quickly put my Packard shutterbox and Universal-Heliar 42cm lens on the front. I worked quickly and exposed eight sheets of 8x10 films.

    Here is my favorite. I could see so much written on this face.

    A short story about John: he escaped Iran during that country's revolution and started his restaurant business first in Paris, then in southern California. Quite successful with a few fancy restaurants freqeunted by local business people. He worked all his life until his late 70's. His daughter jokingly asked me during one of my visits if I could teach him photography so he had something interesting to occupy his time. A warmhearted old man.

    RIP, John.
    A great remembrance and a fine portrait. God Speed John.
    Ron McElroy
    Memphis

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