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Photographer, Dmitri Kasterine

Only 57 miles outside New York City on the Hudson River, the city of Newburgh has fallen from the status of "All American City" awarded by Look Magazine in 1952, to in 1981 being put on a Federal list of most distressed areas in the United States.

As recently as May 2010, about 500 enforcement officers conducted a massive sweep through the city to staunch the rampant drug trade. Newburgh: Portrait of a City is a book of photographic portraits that focuses on the often overlooked and ignored population of the downtown section of the city, as well as its abandoned buildings, which have been left to collapse.

The photographer behind the project is Dmitri Kasterine. He has photographed cultural figures from Roy Lichtenstein to Johnny Cash, Roald Dahl to Mick Jagger. His work was recently displayed at the National Portrait Gallery in London and is in the permanent collection of the Smithsonian in Washington, DC.

He has a long association with Stanley Kubrick, taking movie stills on the sets of Dr. Strangelove, 2001: A Space Odyssey, and A Clockwork Orange.

Joe talks to people on the radio for a living. In addition to countless impressive human "gets" - he has talked to a lot of Muppets. Joe grew up in Philadelphia, has been on the area airwaves for more than 25 years and currently lives in Washington County, NY with his wife, Kelly, and their dog, Brady. And yes, he reads every single book.
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