September 5, 2013
Today's Photographer Promotional Piece We Love and Why: Peter Ross
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  Portrait of Alan Cumming who would love to have his granny, Jesus, Dick Cavett, James Baldwin and Edith Piaf as his dinner guests.  Courtesy of Peter Ross.
    Portrait of Alan Cumming who would love to have his granny, Jesus, Dick Cavett, James Baldwin and Edith Piaf as his dinner guests. Courtesy of Peter Ross.
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  Portraits of Eric Lodwick, Tracey Scott Wilson and Dan Zanes.  Courtesy of Peter Ross.
    Portraits of Eric Lodwick, Tracey Scott Wilson and Dan Zanes. Courtesy of Peter Ross.
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  Detail of the playwright Tracey Scott Wilson, who would like to have Tilda Swinton, Jack Johnson (the boxer), Octavia Butler, her paternal grandfather and Jimi Hendrix (of course).  Courtesy of Peter Ross.
    Detail of the playwright Tracey Scott Wilson, who would like to have Tilda Swinton, Jack Johnson (the boxer), Octavia Butler, her paternal grandfather and Jimi Hendrix (of course). Courtesy of Peter Ross.
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  A portrait spread of Glenn O'Brien, Yael Greenberg & Daniel Storto by Peter Ross.  Courtesy of Peter Ross.
    A portrait spread of Glenn O'Brien, Yael Greenberg & Daniel Storto by Peter Ross. Courtesy of Peter Ross.
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  Portrait of Nucomme the musician who would like to invite Prince, Zora Neale Hurston, James Baldwin, Carl Van Vechten & Langston Hughes to dinner.
    Portrait of Nucomme the musician who would like to invite Prince, Zora Neale Hurston, James Baldwin, Carl Van Vechten & Langston Hughes to dinner.
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  Dwell's Julia Sabot holding Peter's promo so you can see how gigantic it is!
    Dwell's Julia Sabot holding Peter's promo so you can see how gigantic it is!
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Alan Cumming
Portrait of Alan Cumming who would love to have his granny, Jesus, Dick Cavett, James Baldwin and Edith Piaf as his dinner guests. Image courtesy of Peter Ross.

THIS PROMO IS INSANE. It's gigantic. It's incredibly beautiful. It's informative. It's all ours. It's also apparently #207 out of 3,000 copies that were made, so it's extra incredible. Peter Ross, from New York City, asked some people (known and unknown) "Which five people would you invite to dinner?"  He then lists the answer tastefully in a list beside the portrait. What's so successful about this promo is that the portraits are outstanding, so that the "guest answers" that they tell Peter don't upstage them, if that makes sense.  The photos are prominent, just as they should be in any photo, since you're not throwing yourself out there for your graphic design skills. Me? I'm thinking my guests would be Henry Rollins quadruplets and then one Julia Sabot.

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