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Dick Sanders – The Red Door

Dick Sanders – The Red Door

In 1995 I made a series of photographs in front of the La Golandrina Cerveceria (The Swallow Beer Bar) in the red-light district of Tijuana, Mexico. My inspiration came from John Barth's novel, the Floating Opera, in which the writer shares this view of life -- (Barth) "It always seemed a fine idea to me to build a showboat with ...

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Dick Sanders – Street Portraits

Dick Sanders – Street Portraits

Making street portraits is the most challenging work I do. At times it is boring, tiring, and frustrating. At other times it is intriguing, thrilling, and even dangerous. I made most of the photographs here in the greater Los Angeles area, but I have also worked in other cities and towns. Typically, I roam the streets, looking for interesting subjects. ...

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Dick Sanders – Portraits At Sam’s Market

Dick Sanders – Portraits At Sam’s Market

During most of 1997 and early 1998 I spent many of my Saturday afternoons camped outside of Sam's Market, a convenience store in my (then) hometown of Joshua Tree, California. I had put up a seamless backdrop to make formal portraits of the locals as they stopped for milk, beer, cigarettes, and ice cream. My intent was to explore the ...

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Dick Sanders – Black Angeles

Dick Sanders – Black Angeles

In my Black Angeles series, I'm attempting to reinvent the formal portrait by mixing genres – studio and street, black-and-white and color, fact and fiction. My method is to use a traditional studio portrait backdrop but on the street with available light. I'm shooting black-and-white film but selectively hand-coloring some portions of the image in PhotoShop. My subjects are African ...

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Dick Sanders USA, b.1946

Dick Sanders     USA, b.1946

Here's how it happened. I was born in Santa Monica, California in 1946. I remember my parents gave me a Brownie camera on my 6th birthday, probably because I wouldn't leave my dad's more expensive camera alone. I just loved everything about it: making pictures, looking at pictures, showing pictures. By age 13, I talked my mom into going to ...

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