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Woman at 5th & Main, Los Angeles 2007
I made this picture for my Faces on the Street series, but because of the woman’s retro hair-style I pulled the camera back for wider framing. She was cooperative but in a hurry and didn’t give me her name. Since then, this portrait has been chosen for prestigious exhibitions 3 times and once won an award. I had always hoped to see her again and send her a print. Finally, I did early in 2010, but when I told her I had a beautiful portrait of her, she said she didn’t want it, and as hard as I tried I couldn’t convince her otherwise. This saddened me, and to this day I don’t know her name. But the photograph lives on and many people admire it.