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James Porto was born in 1960 in Saudi Arabia to an Italian American father and Belgian mother. He began photographing at age eleven and, as a teen, documented the desert community of the Aramco Oil Company and discovered a passion in experimental printing. He received a BS in Professional Photography from Rochester Institute of Technology in 1982 and moved to New York City, where he established a studio on Franklin Street in 1985. A pioneer in multi image composition techniques, his surrealist aesthetic gained popular visibility in campaigns for Absolut, Adidas, AT&T, Blue Man Group, Showtime, Sony and others. In 1992, he received a fellowship from The New York Foundation for the Arts and began experimenting with emerging digital technologies to further the potential of in-camera and darkroom composite practices. His enthusiastic pursuit of photographic innovation has been featured in American Photo, Photo Italia, The New York Times Magazine, Rolling Stone, Sports Illustrated Swimsuit, New York Magazine, Time, Wired and more. For more than 25 years, Mr. Porto has created radically progressive imagery from his Manhattan studio that blurs the accepted line of demarcation between art and commerce. http://www.jamesporto.com.
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