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Maurizio, a fine portrait of Louis Mendes. He is one of the real oldtimers. Been doing his thing for over 40 years on the street. We have traded portraits more times than I care to remember. Had a splendid time with you.


BTW, the 40th African American Parade ( the largest of it's kind in North America) is on Sunday, not Saturday (my bad). I fear I was still under the influence of the cough medicine when we met.

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Looks to me like he is still using one of the original "Speed Graphics", great cameras that eventually got swallowed into the Japanese market only to re-emerge as the "Toyo Graphic".


I only ever used the Toyo but have handled the speed graphic a couple of times - alas, it was not reliable enough to use for real.


Great character shot of a true master!

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