April 29th, 2012
I met Voja this morning in Paris on this beautiful and windy Sunday. I have been meeting Voja almost every Sunday I've been in Paris over the past thirty years. Today was one of our most special meetings. Voja handed off to me a suitcase of 26 kilos' worth of carefully wrapped, handmade silver prints destined for all of the collectors that have acquired a print or prints in our recent special offer of six of my Paris photographs. You can not imagine the special sense of pride and bond of friendship that this morning's encounter represents for me, knowing that six of my photographs that are a result of my special thirty-five year love affair with Paris will be soon in the hands or on the walls of collectors on all the populated continents of the world, and knowing from the bottom of my heart that each print will have been made by one of the greatest printers in the history of photography, in my opinion the greatest.
Voja and I sat down for a wonderful lunch at my home away from home in Paris, La Brasserie de l'Ile St. Louis. As we shared lunch, Voja described in minute detail every gesture of burning and dodging he made for each of the photographs that was printed, the choice of multiple filters used for each print's exposure, the number of seconds in each corner and area of each print, washing and drying time, flattening, and signing.
Voja is already one of the most handsome men I've ever encountered. His good looks emerge not only from his tall and powerful slavic physique, but even more from a profound sense of humanity, pride, and dignity that come from a person that has spent his life doing honest and good work with every part of his mind, body, and heart. I wish I had a film to share with you and your readers to show you the incredible spark in his eyes, and the beauty of his gestures as he described to me his recent three weeks' work on the prints for our print offer.
I write you at this moment sitting at the desk of my apartment in the center of Paris looking out at the blustery clouds of this special day for me. I write to you with gratitude for the chance to share my photographs with you and your readers through publications and our print offers on your site, and with great thanks to everyone around the world that has touched my heart by choosing to have one of my photographs on their walls and in their homes, and with an immense sense of pride that this whole process has put me in touch with the pride and love for visual communication that you, Voja, and all of your readers represent worldwide. Our common love of visual expression and the universal language of vision and photography bring us all closer together in this world, and I am immensely proud to be a member of this wonderful community. Thank you to you and to anyone reading this. I will fly to New York on Tuesday and look forward to begining to ship my photographs—Voja's prints—starting on Wednesday.
With my warmest regards,
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