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www.josephrafferty.com

Duration: Four years.
Staff: Me and various freelance stylists/assistants.
Education: Bachelor degree of fine arts in photography (2002), Art Center College of Design.
Cultural Influences: (In no particular order) Übersee, Gerhard Richter, Alfred Hitchcock, Jonathan Glazer, Stanley Kubrick, The Twilight Zone, David Bowie, Francisco Goya, William Mortensen, larryletters.com, people watching with my iPod, iced lattes, WMDs, Andrea Jacobi, editor’s letter by Graydon Carter, Senator Barack Obama, National Book Award recipients, Fresh Air with Terry Gross, hills of Marin County California, brunch, a good joke, my little boy, Highway One in California, Zion National Park in Utah, New York City.
Environment: I approach my work with a conceptual, abstract point of view. I use the concept for the foundation of my image...either the location or concept will inspire one or the other. The styling symbiosis also comes into account during the shoot. Before final execution I allow for things to play themselves out.
Philosophy: Bend with the wind or break.

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