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Bye American

"I was born in ______ in the United States of America. My skin is ______ and I'm a ______, and believe in  ______. I work ______ and pay ______ and don't believe in ______. I exercise my right to ______ and appreciate the ______ of those before me. I eat ______ and am not scared of all of the ______. I feel that ______ should be free and that ______ is our choice. I'm not for ______ intervention, but feel that ______ is necessary. I know that ______ don't get paid enough, while ______ live lavish lifestyles. Each night I watch the ______ only to see ______ over and over again. To me, it's obvious this country has forgotten how to ______." -______

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The Process

Our ideas begin here. They're given life here.

The keepers are then digitized.

Lastly, they're printed on high quality archival photo paper in rich, saturated colors and sent to you.

The end.

-NY-

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Icy hot.

My father has always enjoyed photographing wooded winter landscapes, while I like more urban and abstract scenes. The sun broke through the clouds yesterday just before sunset, allowing me to capture the winter woods as I see them (and then some). -N-

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Che succede?

Che succede is Italian for "what's happened" or "what's changed". The English equivalent is "what's up". Although both phrases determine the same results, "what's up" literally means to verify that which is above. -N-

(photos c/o Art Azzaro and Nick Azzaro)

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Got art?

It's here! Our online shop offers original photography and art, which can be viewed here. Every piece is edition marked, hand signed and shipping is included in the price.

I've included travel shots from Taiwan, Italy's Amalfi Coast and the ever-changing Chicago skyline, which I shot for almost two years from the same spot. There's also a limited edition Enter the Dragon print in time for Chinese New Year. We're really flexible and enjoy working on projects so if you have a combination or request for something larger, let us know. Thanks for the continued support!

-N-

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Looking Ahead: 2012 Art Exhibits and a Moment for John Chamberlain

We're taking a few days to break and enjoy the food, company and warmth of the holiday. We wish you and your family a Merry Christmas and Happy Hanukah. Here are a few highlights current and upcoming to look forward to this winter.

Freelancing photo journalist and innovator Weegee (1899-1968) has a show opening at International Center of Photography in New York opening this February. His current exhibit, Naked Hollywood, at Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles runs through February 27th.

Beauty and the Book, an exhibit of 19th and 20th century decorative art folios begins at The Art Institute of Chiacago on February 28th.

The curiosities and unanswered of the 1960s movement Fluxus is explored at University of Michigan Museum of Art this February.  (February's turning out to be a busy month)!

On a more serious end note, I want to take a moment of pause to ponder the works of John Chamberlain, who passed away yesterday at the age of 84. His larger-than-life metalworks and mixed media pieces made of discarded car parts awed us with their intimidating scale and gnarled presence.

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Hit the streets.

This is a very busy time of year for everyone. However, that's no excuse. Stay focused. Get out there and get inspired. Show the world how you see it.

Sketch, if that's what you do, or paint or sculpt. It doesn't matter what you do, so long as you do.

-N-

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Lighten up.

The moon was so bright last night, that it could be photographed hand-held. 1/200 of a second at f/8, to be exact. For those at home keeping score, that's bright. There's no denying it's beauty, but there's also a burning question: if it's so bright, why can't the full roundness of the moon be seen? Perfect! Glad you asked. Last night, the moon was at about 3/4 visible, as you can see in the photo. This happens when the moon is more than half past earth to either side, as figure 3.1 illustrates.

Now, add the moon's position to our vantage point from earth, and then throw in some curvature, and the result is that only 3/4 of the moon is hit by the sun's light. So, here it is: the difference between what is in the light and what isn't is so large that what's not in the light becomes invisible. Let's look at another example.

This image was taken in a studio. We can all agree that there are at least four walls that make up this studio. The reason they can't be seen behind the kind gentleman above is because they're well outside of the light needed for this specific exposure. They are there, though, just as the moon is round. Capisci?

-N-

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OWS

It isn't something you purchase with the intent to turn around for profit, or in some cases even the value paid. It isn't something you own if it's something you don't understand. It isn't something you buy just to store in a basement. It certainly isn't something that's easy to define.

Art provokes. Art challenges. Art is an outlet. Art is something that can literally be anything, yet everyone knows what art is to them. The OCCUPY WALL SPACE movement isn't to force people to buy art, but when they do to actually consider the art, artist and community.

It's far too easy to run to Pier 1 or Bed, Bath and Beyond and purchase an over priced reproduction that's been mass printed. For the same price, however, you can hand pick an original piece that will make you smile, give you something to talk about and perhaps inspire you to think differently. Please do what you can to help people that offer so much to this world, and are so often overlooked.

-N-

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Sweet home Chicago.

All we can say is thank you to one of the greatest cities in the world. It may be known for its architecture and food, but that isn't what separates it from the rest.

It's the people. Chicago is home to the best photographers in the world.

They're not the best simply because they can do anything with a camera. No. They're the best because they're also teachers.

They're patient and willing to share their decades of experience with those that wish to learn. Good luck finding that in NY or LA!

Without a doubt, I wouldn't be the photographer or person that I am today.

Thanks, DUDES!

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