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THE FACE OF MOTHERHOOD

by Seth Kushner

I’d been photographing artists, actors and pop culture-figures for various projects for some time, and last spring I was assigned a campaign to shoot 24 “real” people, and that brought me back to earlier works like my 2007 book, The Brooklynites for which I photographed over 300 people from Brooklyn, and it reminded me of […]

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©SETH KUSHNER

by Seth Kushner

Credit Where Credit Is Due My livelihood is based entirely upon photos.  I get paid to take them, and in some instances I get paid when they’re republished.  There was a time, not so long ago, when resale of my work accounted for a large part of my business.  Now, post crash and mid-recession, I […]

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ENJOY THE SILENCE: LARRY HAMA & G.I. JOE #21 “SILENT INTERLUDE”

by Seth Kushner

“The one thing that I remember best about you is that you had a letter published in an issue of G.I. Joe,” my long, lost friend said. “You complained about the silent issue.” I had just exited the stage after the Graphic NYC panel at King Con, Brooklyn back in 2010, when a stranger approached […]

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JOE SIMON: A PHOTO TRIBUTE TO CAPTAIN AMERICA’S CO-CREATOR

by Seth Kushner

I had the honor of meeting Joe Simon in 2009 when I took his portrait for, LEAPING TALL BUILDINGS: The Origins Of American Comics. Through the efforts of Steve Saffel, his editor at Titan Books, Chris Irving and I were able to visit Mr. Simon at his Manhattan apartment.  I was nervous to meet the […]

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Where Superman Was Born

by Seth Kushner

“I grew up watching Superman, but I didn’t have any idea he was born here in Cleveland.  All I ever thought was he was born in Kansas.” Jefferson Gray and his wife, Hattie Mae are the current owners of the house located at 10622 Kimberley Avenue in the Glenville section of Cleveland, Ohio.  When the […]

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ICONS OF POP

by Seth Kushner

My love of pop-culture, especially of the nostalgic variety, brought me to the Chiller Theater, a gathering of Oscar winners, ex-child-stars, sitcom survivors, and cult icons, multiple times over the past few years.  I am no autograph collector though.  I collect a different type of souvenir…faces.  As a portrait photographer, Chiller Theater has provided me […]

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MY YOUTH IN COMICS

by Seth Kushner

“Are we there yet?” the boy asks as he watches his Brooklyn neighborhood fly past him. It’s 1976 and a three year old boy is riding in a white, plastic child’s seat on the back of his father’s bike. “Almost,” the father says while peddling. The boy is excited because his father showed him some […]

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MY LIFETIME OF COLLECTING STAR WARS FIGURES

by Seth Kushner

A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away… Actually, it wasn’t all that far away; it was Brooklyn, at the Toys R’ Us on Flatbush Avenue. It was 1977 and I was four-years old. I walked next to my father down the aisles of toys that seemed to extend up so high that […]

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I Hated Star Trek

by Seth Kushner

I have a confession to make.  One I’ve never revealed to anyone ever.  I am not a life-long Star Trek fan.  My love goes back only twenty-five of my thirty-eight years.  As a child I hated Star Trek. I hated Star Trek. The original Star Trek series, the one that ran for 79 episodes between […]

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Patrick Stewart and My Father

by Seth Kushner

“Make it so.” That’s what my father used to say.  Sure, Patrick Stewart said it first in his portrayal of Captain Jean-Luc Picard in Star Trek: The Next Generation, but my dad made it his own. Star Trek: The Next Generation began it’s seven-season voyage when I was in the ninth grade.  I remember my […]

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