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When I started this series, it was out of the frustration of nobody knowing who Mary Ellen Mark was in a class I was teaching. That moment of frustration kicked off a project that's become near and dear to what I share each week. In the process of introducing you to some of the most creative and respected artists in contemporary imaging, I've found some unique photographs that tug on my own heartstrings.
Chris Corradino is in the "Why?" spotlight today with a spectacular image from Yosemite. Chris is an artist, writer, educator, and even though we don't catch up that often, a great friend. We see each other once a year at a convention somewhere on the planet, usually New York, but more regularly connect through social media.
Earlier this week he featured the image above in his newsletter, and besides me loving the photograph, it brought back so many memories. In the '90s, on behalf of Hasselblad, I bought Ansel Adams' Cadillac from the Center for Creative Photography. Virginia Adams, Ansel's widow, had donated it to the Center to help raise money for the visiting scholar fund at the University of Arizona. I bought it and then sold it, raising $12,000 for charity, Photographers + Friends United Against AIDS.
But the memories that tug at my heartstrings the most are when my buddy Terry Deglau and I took the car into Yosemite for three days. It was June, just after what used to be called PhotoWest, PPE's sister show. The car had been on exhibit, and the minute the show was over we hit the road; drove it to Yosemite with a case of Kodak film in the trunk and at least $50,000 of Hasselblad gear. We spent three days photographing all over the park.
Chris is no stranger to SCU, and a few years back wrote a great guest post. Check out more of his work with a click on his image above, and you'll link directly to his website.
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Check out "Why?" one of the most popular features on the SCU Blog. It's a very simple concept - one image, one artist and one short sound bite. Each artist shares what makes the image one of their most favorite. We're over 100 artists featured since the project started. Click on the link above and you can scroll through all of the episodes to date.