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Photorealist Photography

PHOTOREALISM

A direct challenge to Abstract Expressionism’s subjectivity and gestural vigor, Photorealism was informed by the Pop predilection for representational imagery, popular iconography and tools, like projectors and airbrushes, borrowed from the worlds of commercial art and design.

Whether gritty or gleaming, the subject matter favored by Photorealists is instantly, if vaguely, familiar. It’s the stuff of yellowing snapshots and fugitive memories. The bland and the garish alike flicker between crystal-clear reality and dreamy illusion, inviting the viewer to contemplate a single moment rather than igniting a story.

The virtues of the “photo” in Photorealist art — infused as they are with dazzling qualities that are easily blurred in reproduction — are as elusive as they are allusive. “Much Photorealist painting has the vacuity of proportion and intent of an idiot-savant, long on look and short on personal timbre,” John Arthur wrote (rather admiringly) in the catalogue essay for Realism/Photorealism, a 1980 exhibition at the Philbrook Museum of Art, in Tulsa, Oklahoma. At its best, Photorealism is a perpetually paused tug-of-war between the sacred and the profane, the general and the specific, the record and the object.

Robert Bechtle invented Photorealism, in 1963,” says veteran art dealer Louis Meisel. “He took a picture of himself in the mirror with the car outside and then painted it. That was the first one.”

The meaning of the term, which began for Meisel as “a superficial way of defining and promoting a group of painters,” evolved with time, and the core group of Photorealists slowly expanded to include younger artists who traded Rolleiflexes for 60-megapixel cameras, using advanced digital technology to create paintings that transcend the detail of conventional photographs.

On 1stDibs, the collection of Photorealist art includes work by Richard Estes, Ralph Goings, Chuck Close, Audrey Flack, Charles Bell and others.

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Style: Photorealist
Kate Bush
Located in Austin, US
Absolutely stunning portrait of singer Kate Bush by acclaimed photographer, Gered Mankowitz, taken in his London studio in 1978. Kate Bush has seen a huge resurgence since her song,...
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Late 20th Century Photorealist Photography

Materials

C Print

Steve Martin, Los Angeles 1974 “Let’s Get Small”
Located in Austin, US
Signed limited edition fine art print of Steve Martin, taken in Los Angeles by Norman Seeff in 1974. Norman recalls - “When I relocated to LA as Creative Director of United Artist ...
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Late 20th Century Photorealist Photography

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Archival Pigment

Quatre Pommes by Carol Descordes, Framed Food Still Life Photograph
Located in Atlanta, GA
We discovered Carol's mesmerizing work in Paris - and it took us about one second to decide we had to have her work here at Huff Harrington. Her stunning, lush and succulent still l...
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2010s Photorealist Photography

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Cotton, Photographic Paper

On Broadway, New York City (1955) - Large size Black & White Fine Art Print
Located in Brussels, BE
Artwork # 1 on 5 sold in limited edition in perfect condition This photo was made in 1955, the negative was digitized during the artist's lifetime and the technical parameters (fram...
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1950s Photorealist Photography

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Archival Pigment

Arrival
Located in Dallas, TX
I am continually drawn to the simplicity and hand-made touches of this stunning work of art. I feel a sense of connection to it. Every sheet of aluminum so purposefully placed around...
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21st Century and Contemporary Photorealist Photography

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Photographic Paper

d'Este Eagles Among the Spouts in the Hundred Fountains in the Vill d'Este Photo
Located in Houston, TX
Black and white photograph of d'Este Eagles among the spouts in the Hundred Fountains in the Vill d'Este. The photograph is attached to a board to protect against bending.
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20th Century Photorealist Photography

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Photographic Paper

David Bowie and William Burroughs
Located in Austin, US
Only one print available - Signed open edition, 8” x 10” archival print by Terry O'Neill, with Terry O’Neill’s embossed studio stamp On 28 February 1974, Rolling Stone magazine pub...
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Late 20th Century Photorealist Photography

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Archival Pigment

Porcelain and Тurquoise - underwater nude photograph - print on paper 41 x 57"
Located in Beverly Hills, CA
An underwater photograph of a naked young women diving next to the bright turquoise dress she just took off. Original gallery quality print signed by the artist. Digital archival ...
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2010s Photorealist Photography

Materials

Archival Paper, Archival Pigment, Digital Pigment

Pacific Beach Horizon, Sunset Seashore in Black and White, Sugimoto Style Giclée
Located in Barcelona, ES
This is an exclusive limited edition black and white Giclée print, on 100% cotton Hahnemühle Photo Rag Fine Art matte paper. This gorgeous black and white high contrast photograph s...
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2010s Photorealist Photography

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Emulsion, Photographic Paper, C Print, Giclée

Bill Murray
Located in Austin, US
Signed limited edition print of Bill Murray by Jake Chessum, an outtake from a 2004 Esquire Magazine cover story, shot at Pier 59 Studios one Sunday morning. Available in the follow...
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21st Century and Contemporary Photorealist Photography

Materials

C Print

Jimi Hendrix by Baron Wolman signed limited edition 16x20" print
Located in Austin, US
Jimi Hendrix by iconic photographer, Baron Wolman. Taken at the Travelodge Motel, San Francisco, February 1968 One copy available Signed limited edition #30/175 20x16” hand printed ...
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1960s Photorealist Photography

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Silver Gelatin

Jimi Hendrix by Baron Wolman rare signed platinum print
Located in Austin, US
JIMI HENDRIX ON STAGE AT THE WINTERLAND BALLROOM IN SAN FRANCISCO, FEBRUARY 1968. One copy available Signed limited edition #7/150 Rare signed platinum print with deckled bottom edge
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1960s Photorealist Photography

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Platinum

Summer of Love at the Rock Festival Watkins Glen, Ny, July 28th, 1973
Located in New York, NY
“Turbulent America” represents a selection of Jean-Pierre Laffont’s work from the 1960’s, ‘70s, and ‘80s. Laffont’s photographs capture the genuine sense of what it was like to live ...
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1970s Photorealist Photography

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Archival Pigment

Parcheggio condiviso, New York, 1955 - Limited Edition Black & White Photography
Located in Brussels, BE
Artwork sold in perfect condition During the 15 year period in which Fabrizio La Torre dedicated himself to photography, he travelled in Italy, Europe, North America and Asia. From ...
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1950s Photorealist Photography

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Archival Pigment

Mick Jagger with camera by Baron Wolman signed 11x14" limited edition print
Located in Austin, US
Mick Jagger of The Rolling Stones by the legendary late photographer, Baron Wolman, Taken on the set of "Performance" in London, September 1968. One copy available Signed limited e...
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1960s Photorealist Photography

Materials

Silver Gelatin

Studio 54 Logo/Crowds
Located in Scarsdale, NY
Studio 54 Logo/Crowds, 1978 by famed American photographer, Allan Tannenbaum. Archival pigment print. 10 x 15 inch photo on 17 x 22 inch on the finest satin photo paper, Ed. of 50. T...
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1970s Photorealist Photography

Materials

Photographic Film, Archival Pigment

Jack Nicholson on the sofa in his room at the Carlyle Hotel in 1981
Located in Scarsdale, NY
'Jack Nicholson on the sofa in his room at the Carlyle Hotel,' 1981 by famed American photographer, Allan Tannenbaum. Archival pigment print. 10 x 15 inch photo on 17 x 22 inch on th...
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1980s Photorealist Photography

Materials

Photographic Film, Archival Pigment

Bob Marley 1972 portrait
Located in Austin, US
Signed limited edition, silver print of Bob Marley, taken in the recording studio during the "I Can See Clearly Now" sessions with Johnny Nash, 1972 Alec Byrne signed limited editio...
Category

Late 20th Century Photorealist Photography

Materials

Archival Pigment, Silver Gelatin

"Kingston Trio" Iconic American Folk Music Photograph
Located in Houston, TX
Black and white photograph of the iconic American folk and pop music group that launched in the late 1950's to the late 1960's. The photograph is not framed but is attached to a board.
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1960s Photorealist Photography

Materials

Photographic Paper

The Super Constellation Lockheed - Limited Edition Black & White Fine Art Photo
Located in Brussels, BE
Artwork # 1 on 5 sold in limited edition in perfect condition This photo was made in 1953, the negative was digitized during the artist's lifetime and the technical parameters (fram...
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1950s Photorealist Photography

Materials

Archival Pigment

Evolution
Located in ATLANTA, GA
Jean-Francois Rauzier is a French photographer best known for his digitally altered depictions of cities and places such as The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Versailles Palace, and Abu...
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21st Century and Contemporary Photorealist Photography

Materials

Photographic Paper

Southbound skyline of Paris (France) - Contemporary Panoramic Color Photography
Located in Brussels, BE
Pigment photographic paper - photography & fine art print © Jean Pierre De Neef Artwork sold in limited edition of 12 pieces in perfect condition - Composition from an assembly of 4...
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2010s Photorealist Photography

Materials

Archival Pigment

In Her Car Montage
Located in Chatsworth, CA
Photographed in her car at the Hollywood Hills home of Tim Leimert, this black and white photolithograph was created from the original negatives in 1962 and printed in 1987. Publishe...
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Mid-20th Century Photorealist Photography

Materials

Photographic Paper

Brandenburg 2013
By Daniel Kane
Located in New Orleans, LA
In the famous story of the great 19th century photographer Julia Margaret Cameron, it is said she was given her first camera by her daughter as a way to occupy her time while her hus...
Category

2010s Photorealist Photography

Materials

Silver Gelatin

Jimi Hendrix at Monterey
Located in Austin, US
Signed limited edition print by Ed Caraeff of Jimi Hendrix setting fire to his Fender Stratocaster guitar while performing at the Monterey International Pop Music Festival, on June 1...
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1960s Photorealist Photography

Materials

C Print

FLORA ROYAL 3
Located in Deddington, GB
Allan Forsyth FLORA ROYAL 3 Limited Edition Archival Chromagenic Photographic Print Edition 12 Size: H 100cm x W 100cm x D 2cm Diasec Framed Size: H:100 cm x W:100 cm
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2010s Photorealist Photography

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Photogram, Archival Pigment

Looking upstream Arno, Florence
Located in London, GB
Gorgeous view of Florence and the river Arno
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2010s Photorealist Photography

Materials

Archival Pigment

Ballet - underwater black and white nude photograph print on aluminum 42" x 56"
Located in Beverly Hills, CA
An amazing underwater photograph of a young female dancer diving in pool. The naked dances is covering herself with tutu skirt. The photograph looks black and white even though it h...
Category

2010s Photorealist Photography

Materials

Metal

Faye Dunaway Oscar outtake by Terry O'Neill signed Lifetime Edition
Located in Austin, US
Lifetime prints are the last remaining prints available, signed by Terry O’Neill and obtained from the Terry O’Neill Archive in London. American actress Faye Dunaway takes breakfast...
Category

1970s Photorealist Photography

Materials

C Print

Trap Door / Swimming / Dive / Pool / Summer / Photography
Located in Greenwich, CT
"Trap Door" 12 x 41 inches Unique Photo transparency with resin, paint and silver or gold leaf, on a wood panel. Eric Zener (b. 1966) is a self-taught photorealist artist recogni...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Photorealist Photography

Materials

Silver, Foil

Patti Smith Fuck The Clock
Located in Austin, US
Signed limited edition archival print of Patti Smith wearing her “Fuck The Clock” t-shirt by Allan Tannenbaum, taken at CBGB in New York, New Years Eve 1977. Available in different ...
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1970s Photorealist Photography

Materials

Archival Pigment

Devo "Chili Dog Mac" Akron 1978
Located in Austin, US
Signed limited edition print of Devo photographed outside Chili Dog Mac restaurant in Akron, Ohio on August 14, 1978 by Janet Macoska Available in various sizes: 16x20" Lambda C-Typ...
Category

Late 20th Century Photorealist Photography

Materials

C Print

Kelp Nymph - underwater ocean black & white photograph print on paper 18" x 24"
Located in Beverly Hills, CA
An underwater black and white photograph of a beautiful young woman diving in kelp forest. The picture is taken in Pacific Ocean near Palos Verdes, California. Original gallery qu...
Category

2010s Photorealist Photography

Materials

Archival Pigment

Kelp Mermaid- underwater nude photograph - print on paper 18” x 24”
Located in Beverly Hills, CA
An underwater nude photograph of a young women diving in kelp forest. The photograph is taken in Pacific Ocean near California coast. If you are familiar with the area and water temp...
Category

2010s Photorealist Photography

Materials

Archival Pigment

The Beastie Boys
Located in Austin, US
Signed limited edition print of the Beastie Boys by Jake Chessum. Jake recalls ” This was from April 1994. I flew from London to shoot at Mike D’s backyard and around G-Son Studios,...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Photorealist Photography

Materials

C Print

David Bowie "Loves to be Loved" by Sukita
Located in Austin, US
David Bowie, "Loves to be Loved", 1973 by Masayoshi Sukita - Signed limited edition 16" x 20" print . This print is also available as a 20" x 24" and 30" x 40" signed limited editio...
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Late 20th Century Photorealist Photography

Materials

C Print

Kelp Nymph - underwater ocean black & white photograph print on paper 26" x 36"
Located in Beverly Hills, CA
An underwater black and white photograph of a beautiful young woman diving in kelp forest. The picture is taken in Pacific Ocean near Palos Verdes, California. Original gallery qu...
Category

2010s Photorealist Photography

Materials

Archival Paper, Archival Pigment

"Dune, Oceano" - Silver Gelatin Photograph
Located in Soquel, CA
Silver gelatin print of sand dunes by Robert Werling (American, b. 1946). The dunes are highly detailed, showing texture and depth. Areas of black contrast with the light sand, demon...
Category

Early 2000s Photorealist Photography

Materials

Silver Gelatin

Famiglia numerosa, Bangkok 1958 - Large size Black & White Fine Art Print
Located in Brussels, BE
Artwork # 1 on 5 sold in limited edition in perfect condition Famiglia numerosa, Bangkok This photo was made in 1958, the negative was digitized during the artist's lifetime and th...
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1950s Photorealist Photography

Materials

Archival Pigment

David Bowie "He'd Blow Our Minds" by Sukita
Located in Austin, US
16" x 20", signed limited edition print of David Bowie, titled "He'd Blow Our Minds" by Masayoshi Sukita. This print is also available as a 30x40" signed limited edition print. “...
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Late 20th Century Photorealist Photography

Materials

C Print

Jimi Hendrix Contact Sheet Print
Located in Austin, US
Signed limited edition contact sheet print by Ed Caraeff of Jimi Hendrix, drummer John “Mitch” Mitchell and bassist Noel Redding before a performance at the Hollywood Bowl, Californi...
Category

1960s Photorealist Photography

Materials

Archival Pigment

No Way - black & white nude photograph - print on paper 36" x 57"
Located in Beverly Hills, CA
A black and white photograph of a perfect woman's buttocks and her handcuffed hands giving a finger. Original gallery quality print signed by the artist. Digital archival pigment p...
Category

2010s Photorealist Photography

Materials

Archival Pigment, Digital Pigment, Archival Paper

David Bowie "The Same Old Kyoto" by Sukita
Located in Austin, US
16" x 20", signed limited edition print of David Bowie, titled "The Same Old Kyoto" by Masayoshi Sukita. “Bowie had come to Japan to film a commercial for a drink called Crystal Ju...
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Late 20th Century Photorealist Photography

Materials

C Print

Trafic jam in Bangkok -Thailand 1957 - Large size Black & White Fine Art Print
Located in Brussels, BE
Artwork # 1 on 5 sold in limited edition in perfect condition Trafic Jam in Bangkok This photo was made in 1957 and printed later, the negative was digitized during the artist's lif...
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1950s Photorealist Photography

Materials

Archival Pigment

Double Trouble - underwater nude photograph - print on paper 18" x 24"
Located in Beverly Hills, CA
An underwater black and white photograph of two naked young women in the pool. Original gallery quality archival pigment print signed by the artist. Limited edition of 24 The artwo...
Category

2010s Photorealist Photography

Materials

Archival Pigment, Archival Paper

Dolly Parton 1977 portrait
Located in Austin, US
Signed limited edition archival print of Dolly Parton taken in New York City in 1977 by Allan Tannenbaum This Dolly Parton print is available in the following sizes: 17" x 22" - Ed...
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Late 20th Century Photorealist Photography

Materials

Archival Pigment

Kate Moss at sixteen
Located in Austin, US
Signed limited edition print of Kate Moss by Jake Chessum, taken when she was an unknown 16 year old model, just starting her career. Jake recalls, "I had heard of Kate as she was...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Photorealist Photography

Materials

Archival Pigment

Stanford University Memorial Church, Hand Tinted 1930s Color Photograph
Located in Soquel, CA
Finely detailed hand tinted color landscape photograph of Stanford Memorial Church produced by Bear Photo Service (American, 1930s). Photographer is unknown. Numbered 904 bottom righ...
Category

1930s Photorealist Photography

Materials

Silver Gelatin, Oil, Photographic Paper

Pink Flight - underwater nude photograph - print on paper 42" x 53"
Located in Beverly Hills, CA
Underwater photograph of a naked young woman with broken umbrella. The photograph is artistically modified into a fantastic warm tinted picture. The piece looks quite abstract with c...
Category

2010s Photorealist Photography

Materials

Archival Paper, Archival Pigment, Digital Pigment

David Bowie "Heroes To Come" Heroes Contact Sheet 1977 by Sukita
Located in Austin, US
Stunning 16" x 20", signed limited edition contact sheet print of David Bowie, titled "Heroes To Come" by Masayoshi Sukita, taken from the 1977 photo session for David Bowie's Heroe...
Category

Late 20th Century Photorealist Photography

Materials

C Print

Amy Winehouse
Located in Austin, US
Signed limited edition print of Amy Winehouse taken in London by Jake Chessum in 2004. Jake recalls the session: “I travelled from NYC to London in February 2004 to do a press shoot...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Photorealist Photography

Materials

C Print

Winter Fishing - underwater nude photograph - print on aluminum 8" x 12"
Located in Beverly Hills, CA
An underwater nude photograph of a young woman caught in fishing net. Original gallery quality print signed by the artist. Digital archival pigment print on archival paper with met...
Category

2010s Photorealist Photography

Materials

Metal

Ronnie Wood and David Bowie by Bill Wyman
Located in Austin, US
Rolling Stones guitarist, Ronnie Wood and a camera- shy David Bowie at the Kellgren House in Los Angeles, September 3rd 1975 by Bill Wyman. Signed limited edition #3/15, signed and ...
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Late 20th Century Photorealist Photography

Materials

C Print

"Mick Giving Keith The Boot" signed limited edition print by Bill Wyman
Located in Austin, US
"Mick Giving Keith The Boot", signed limited edition print by Rolling Stones bassist, Bill Wyman. Mick Jagger helping Keith Richards with his snake-skin boots on the second day of ...
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Late 20th Century Photorealist Photography

Materials

C Print

'Digital Spring Floral Abstraction #15,' Jon Burris, Digital Pigment Photo Print
Located in Oklahoma City, OK
In this 28.5" x 24" framed digital pigment photographic print by Jon Burris, 'Digital Spring Floral Abstraction #15,' the artist has taken a spring floral bouquet from the garden inc...
Category

2010s Photorealist Photography

Materials

Digital Pigment

Abyss - underwater nude photograph - print on paper 18" x 24"
Located in Beverly Hills, CA
An underwater photograph of a girl diving in the ocean in kelp forest. The photograph is taken in Pacific Ocean near California coast. Original gallery quality print signed by the a...
Category

2010s Photorealist Photography

Materials

Archival Pigment

David Bowie 1977 Heroes session – Speak No Evil
Located in Austin, US
David Bowie, "Speak No Evil", 1977 by Masayoshi Sukita, taken during the photo shoot for the Heroes album cover - Signed limited edition 20" x 24" print . This print is also availab...
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Late 20th Century Photorealist Photography

Materials

C Print

Poesia Invernale, Fontana di Trevi 1956 - Limited Ed - Black & White Photography
Located in Brussels, BE
Artwork sold in perfect condition Neptune, on his chariot pulled by two newts, seems to have taken the wrong latitude: here he is closer to the North Pole than to the Roman gentlene...
Category

1960s Photorealist Photography

Materials

Archival Pigment

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