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Vintage photos of:
This shot may have captured the very moment I decided to become a photographer. That's me in the center, as my brother (left) shows his photo album to a family friend in our living room. I can practically read my 9 year-old mind: Wow! All I have to do is take some pictures, and I can be the center of attention too! View full size.
Puerta del Sol- Madrid (Spain) c.1908 View full size.
Interior shot of Union Station in 2008. The station was threatened with demolition in the early 1980s. Redevelopment altered the concourse to retail space with a food court in the basement. It is one of the most successful mixed retail/transportation centers in the country. View full size.