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Joseph Rafferty : Lost, a photographic journey


These prints were made between 1999-2004, mixture of Joseph Rafferty’s Editorial, Commissions and Personal Work. Printed by world-renowned Master Printer Michel Karman – then of A&I Photographic Laboratory in North Hollywood, California. Mr. Karman has made prints for many of the giants of photography in the 20th Century: Sallie Mann, Helmut Newton, Nan Goldin, Greg Gorman & many others. All the prints disappeared in 2007 until 2018, when discovered by a child rummaging through an obscure toy box. These Toned Fiber Master Prints prints represent alternative printing processes, polaroid techniques from by gone era, usage of film now obsolete, and an overall unexpected unfamiliar mood/feel that only Michel could come up with tweaking out his chemistry to make something profoundly beautiful. On recent conversation trying to locate the whereabouts of Mr. Karman, Louis Stern of  Louis Stern Fine Arts Gallery in West Hollywood, California expressed “Only a handful of people know of Michel – he has a cult following – there should be photography book exclusively of Michel Karman prints.”  ...

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