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NFTThis site lets you download all the NFTs in the world

If you're curious, that's about 17TB of data.

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InterviewsWatch: Curator Jérémy Chausse talks about the art market with the Russian Academy of Design

Last week, our art expert and curator, Jérémy Chausse, was invited to give a talk at the Russian Academy of Design (RAD). In this talk, Jérémy talks about contemporary art, his vision for the art market, and how collectors may use art objects in interior space.

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NFTMiramax files a lawsuit against Tarantino for his "Pulp Fiction" NFTs

After Quentin Tarantino ignored a cease-and-desist letter, Miramax filed a lawsuit against the writer/director and his Pulp Fiction NFT sales.

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NFTDigitalArt4Climate: A new, UN-backed initiative that uses NFT to fight climate change

As part of the United Nations’ Year of Creative Economy for Sustainable Development, the UN-Habitat and several other stakeholders created the DigitalArt4Climate initiative. According to their website, the initiative “uses blockchain technology to turn art into digital assets or NFTs, which can be collected and traded, thus opening up a socio-technological innovation space which helps to unlock extraordinary potential for resource mobilization and climate empowerment.”

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NFTArtist Rachel Rossin mints her entire DNA sequence into an NFT

Known for experimenting with technology, artist Rachel Rossin decides to mint her DNA on the OpenSea platform. What does that mean for Rossin and, broadly, for the future of digital technology?

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NewsLondon's National Gallery is reexamining its past and its ties to slavery

While London’s National Gallery is still struggling with its repatriation efforts for its collection of looted artifacts, it is not completely silent on reexamining its controversial past. This week, the National Gallery released the results of several years of research looking into the legacies of British Slave-ownership of the museum’s donors, collectors, and other figures associated with the museum.

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Virtual ExhibitionsDennis Osadebe: Inside Out — Reimagining Africa through bright and colorful Neo-Africa

Tired of the lazy term, Africa Art, artist Dennis Osadebe coined the term Neo-Africa to reimagine a more positive, bright, and hopeful Africa. Through the use of digital methods and traditional Nigerian imagery, Osudabe marries the two into an insightful look at present-day Nigeria and the world at large.

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NFTNFT might not be so diverse after all

NFT had many features that should have made the space more diverse, but it doesn't seem like that's what's happening.

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NewsTwo British institutions returned their looted Benin Bronzes while the British Museum continues to refuse to do the same

In a historic move, Cambridge University and the University of Aberdeen become the first British institutions to return their Benin Bronzes. This move adds pressure for the British Museum to follow suit.

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NewsAn Art Collective is making us think about authenticity and the worth of art by mxing a genuine Warhol with 999 copies

Would you buy an Andy Warhol sketch for $250? Would you buy it if you know the sketch is priced at $20,000? And would you buy it if there’s only a 0.1 percent chance that the piece you bought was a genuine Warhol?

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NFTArtist JR made parts of the Great Pyramids disappear and turned it into 4.591 NFTs

Known for using anamorphosis effects to drastically change historical monuments, artist JR's latest work is also his first foray into the NFT world.

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NewsAmongst the Pyramids of the Giza Plateau, contemporary art breathes new life to the ancient structures

After over a year of preparation and three years of negotiations with UNESCO, the ancient grounds of the Giza Plateau will be home to an unprecedented exhibition of its nature.

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NFTCzech royal family uses NFT to secure 700-years-old collection

By creating these NFTs, the House of Lobkowicz hope to preserve and enhance their vast collection.

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NewsCollectors are excited about a diverse set of artists, according to a price ascension report

These artists from all sorts of backgrounds smashed every expectation and sold their works at multiple times the high estimates.

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NFTInfamous Art Forger Wolfgang Beltracchi is selling his versions of Leonardo Da VInci's Salvator Mundi as NFTs

Beltracchi’s new project, which he titled “The Greats”, consists of multiple versions of Leonardo Da Vinci’s Salvator Mundi. In total, Beltracchi will be selling 4,608 NFTs on the Ethereum blockchain. The NFTs will be on sale 5 days from the publication of this article. In another humorous poke at ownership, Beltracchi said that the buyers will not know which version of his Salvator Mundi they will get.

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NewsThe University of Hong Kong demands the removal of a monument to Tiananmen Square massacre off its pramises with onlu a week of warning

In a tense exchange between several parties, the University of Hong Kong (HKU) has requested the removal of a statue that has been exhibited at the campus since 1997. The request came after the disbandment of the Hong Kong Alliance in Support of Patriotic Democratic Movements of China.

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NewsArtificial Intelligence testing revealed that National Gallery's Rubens masterpiece is likely a fake

Skeptics have questioned the authenticity of "Samson and Delilah" for decades, but this test might prove to be the final nail in the coffin.

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NewsVoice seeks to empower creators through their first NFT residency

Among others, the NFT platform worked together with photographer Misan Harriman

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NewsNigerian artists want to exchange new artworks for the British Museum's Benin Bronzes

For the return of the Benin Bronzes currently housed at the British Museum in London, a group of Nigerian artists is offering new artworks in its place.

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NewsPhiladelphia Museum of Art will return an ornate shield once looted by the Nazis to the Czech Republic

After eight decades the shield will finally return home, to the place where it has been decorating the Konopiště Castle for many years,” said Lubomír Zaorálek, Minister of Culture of the Czech Republic. 

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NewsDread Scott's First NFT Sells A White Man On An Auction Block

Scott’s NFT features a looping video of a white man standing on an auction block at a Brooklyn sidewalk. Scott titled the work White Man For Sale and will be auctioned at Christie’s during a special sale on October 1. 

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NewsSotheby's Bored Ape lots sold for $26 Million, a new recrod for Sotheby's

After its closing on September 9, 2021, the two lots were sold for a combined total of $26.2 million. The first lot, which contained 101 Bored Ape NFTs, raked in the equivalent of $24.4 million. The second lot, with 101 NFTs from the Bored Ape Kennel Club, was sold for a total of $1.8 million. 

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NewsSotheby's Bored Ape lot surpassed expectations days before auction closes

The Bored Ape lot auctioned at Sotheby's was estimated to sell for $12 million to $18 million. With days left until its closing, the lot has already surpassed expectation with a current bid of $19 million.

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NewsAn NFT collector thought they were buying a genuine Banksy NFT. Turns out it was all a scam.

An NFT collector by the name of Pranksy seemed to have some prophetic sense about his chosen online moniker. The Banksy NFT they purchased turned out to be... a prank.

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NewsVisa purchased a CryptoPunk for its collection, now the world rushes to have a piece of the NFT trend

When Visa announced its purchase of a CryptoPunk avatar, the project soon exploded in popularity, with many collectors joining in to purchase the unique avatars.

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Art, Politics & SocietyThe Scurlock Studio: How a team of father and sons empowered a community through photography

From studio portraits to street documentation, Addison Scurlock's photography tells the story of early 20th century Black Americans.

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NewsSmithsonian acquires essential, rare early photography collection by and featuring Black Americans

The collection features almost 300 objects which feature photography of abolitionists, women entrepreneurs of the Underground Railroad, and photographic jewelry.

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Art, Politics & SocietyHow NFT and Digital Art can make the art world a little bit less white and male

For the past few decades, a different generation of artists is using everchanging technology to create not just a new type of art, but a new type of artist. Unlike the very homogenous club of the traditional art world, the digital art world is incredibly diverse, with all sorts of people, of all shapes and sizes, from all corners of the world.

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Simon Fujiwara's exhibition "Who's Online!" explores the creation of identity through images

At the beginning of 2020, during the first lockdown, artist Simon Fujiwara was lost. Like many of us, he did not know what’s happening and what is going to happen. As he attempted to navigate this confusion, he created the character Who the Bær.

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Art, Politics & SocietyImage Is Power: How Kwame Brathwaite Changed The Narrative With Photography

Meet the man behind the images that drove the Black Is Beautiful movement at its inception.

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Virtual ExhibitionsVIDEO: Take a quick glimpse into the immersive experience of the exhibition "IT IS ALL AROUND US"

With an ever-changing roster of artists, IT IS ALL AROUND US aims to show the infinite possibilities of this art form and the equalizing power NFT and digital art can have.

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NewsAmoako Boafo’s artwork will reach outer space

Boafo will paint the outer panels of a rocket that will launch in fall 2021.

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NewsHermitage Museum joins the NFT crowd, minting Leonardo paintings as NFTs

The State Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg, Russia, has announced that it will be selling several of its collections as NFTs to raise funds for the museum.

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NewsNFT defies expectancy, continues to stay relevant with $2.4 billion in sales

Some critics said NFT wouldn't last, but the market would like to differ.

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NewsArt Basel returns with 273 galleries to its home city with its hybrid format

With 273 participating galleries from 33 countries, Art Basel will feature both physical, in-person viewings as well as online viewing rooms

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NewsDamien Hirst's first NFT collection can be traded for physical works

Each unique piece will be sold as NFTs. That is, unless the collector wishes to trade it for a physical piece.

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Art, Politics & SocietyThe Two Sides of The NFT coin: The Downside

Once an institution as big as Christie’s decided digital art was worth selling, digital art became a legitimate form of art. Many artists were excited about this new legitimacy. But many also were wary of it.

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Art, Politics & SocietyThe Two Sides of The NFT coin: The Upside

Like most innovations in history, there’s a pros and cons list that goes with it. Does the benefit outweigh the cost?

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NewsA Very Special Place: Ikon in the 1990s — Ikon Looks Back At A Seminal Decade

By framing the past, Ikon reflects on how that past shaped them and envisions a new future

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Interviews"It is not a question of replacing visual art with technology, but of giving a new dimension to the art market." - An Interview with curator Jérémy Chausse

The exhibition "IT IS ALL AROUND US" is showcasing NFT artworks from a variety of artists all around the world. The world of NFT, and digital art in general, is a vast, unexplored land rife with possibilities. We had a chat with the curator of the show, Jérémy Chausse, about why he thinks NFT is the future and what we can look forward to in the exhibition.

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Virtual Exhibitions"IT IS ALL AROUND US" Aims To Show The Infinite Possibilities Of NFT

There are a variety of stories, techniques, and visual language that will give the visitors of “IT IS ALL AROUND US” an understanding of just what NFT and digital art can do. 

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News'A Black Hole Is Everything a Star Longs to Be' Gives A Glimpse To 28 Years Of Kara Walker's Storied Career

Featuring over 600 of her drawings, the exhibition ‘A Black Hole is Everything a Star Longs to Be’ becomes the first glimpse the outside world will have to the mind of Kara Walker.

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NewsDavid Zwirner launches 'Program', a global live-streaming program on June 10

Program is a global live-streaming event set to bring audiences around the world into the four David Zwirner gallery spaces in New York, London, Paris, and Hong Kong.

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NewsArt Brussels launched The Art Brussels WEEK, a blend of online and offline viewing experience

For the 2021 edition of Art Brussels, the fair has decided to collaborate with the art online marketplace, Artsy. From June 1-14, 2021, collectors and art enthusiasts all over the world will be able to view what Art Brussels has to offer through Artsy’s website.

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NewsArt Basel Hong Kong Held Physically And Virtually Amidst Protests and Pandemic Restrictions

The ninth Art Basel Hong Kong was held on May 19-23. The first held since the pandemic, the fair was met with both enthusiasm and criticism.

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Art, Politics & SocietyWhat Chadwick Boseman’s Oscars NFT Blunder Reveals About What Digital Art Can — And Should — Do

After a barrage of criticism for his initial NFT inspired by the late Chadwick Boseman, artist Andre Oshea created a new work that addressed many of those critics. His new work, in comparison to his last, showed the capabilities the digital medium has.

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NewsFrieze's Return To (Almost) Normal

For the first time since May 2020, New York City had its first in-person art fair. Though limited in size and scope due to the pandemic, the Frieze Art Fair might be a sign that things are starting to return to normal in the art world.

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Artist SpotlightNick Davis: Black Is Beautiful

After a series of seizures, artist Nick Davis found comfort in art and exploring the beauty of being Black.

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NewsNFT Sales Decline: A Slump Or Just Stabilizing?

With prices dropping from the initial boom, is NFT here to stay?

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Virtual ExhibitionsA Retrospective — Ndidi Emefiele: Unconquerable

Life is difficult to predict. It often throws unexpected obstacles our way. As much as we try to conquer the world and all its variables, much of it remains unconquerable. It’s a word that artist Ndidi Emefiele, along with curator Amy Andrieux, has chosen to describe Eefiele’s body of works.

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Art, Politics & SocietyGordon Park's Weapon Of Choice? His Trusty Camera

Photography as a way to change and empower communities is a method that’s been used many times throughout history. It speaks to the power that images, especially photography, have. Or as renowned photographer Gordon Parks liked to call it, it’s a powerful weapon.

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Art, Politics & SocietyThe Extraordinary Ordinariness of Carrie Mae Weems's The Kitchen Table Series

Years later, another photographer captured images of herself within staged scenes in a series titled The Kitchen Table Series. Just like Sherman’s series, nothing was completely out of the ordinary in these photos. At first glance, they look like something out of the film roll of any ordinary family or film stills from a yet-to-be-seen film. A woman is embracing a man. A mother is teaching her daughter how to put on make-up. A woman is getting her hair done by another. Scenes from daily life. They’re all completely ordinary, yet that is exactly why they are extraordinary.

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NewsThe Digital Future Of NFT Art

For the past few weeks, a new buzzword has been flitting around in art circles: NFT. This buzz comes from a debate of whether non-fungible token (NFT) artworks are the future of the art world or a danger to the planet. Debate aside, NFT art has certainly made its mark on history. On March 11, 2021, auction house Christie’s sold its first-ever purely digital artwork by an artist named Mike Winkelmann — known online as Beeple — at almost $70 million. This marks not only the first time Christie’s have sold a purely digital artwork but also accepting cryptocurrency along with other, more traditional forms of payment.

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Artist SpotlightChiderah Bosah: Young Nigerian Painter With A Message

As a Nigerian, he draws inspiration from his surroundings, telling the stories of friends and families and their resilience and pride within this world

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Artist SpotlightNgozi Schommers: The Way We Mask

For African women, hair and beauty is an integral part of their lives. Yet the current discussion of African hairstyles is often seen through a colonial, western civilization lens, without any thoughts on the pre-colonial times and what it actually means to African women. Nigerian-German artist Ngozi Schommers tackles this issue, and many others unique to African women, in her transcendent works.

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Artist SpotlightTiff Massey: From Metalsmithing to Storytelling

Massey’s works are always rooted in the African American vernacular and their experiences. She draws inspiration from a variety of topics, like the hip hop scene or the beauty shops, commenting on racial stereotypes and class separation.

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Artist SpotlightKwame Acheampong: The Spirit of Jamestown Accra

Ghanaian artist Kwame Acheampong perfectly captures the essence of his seaside town, Jamestown, Accra, with his camera. Using bold colors and composition, Acheampong records the spirit and soul of the people from his town. They’re both playful and hard workers, but also not entirely devoid of their own misgivings and troubles.

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Travys Owen: Playing With Light And Color

Travys Owen is a photographer that knows how to work with color. Most if not all of his creations are a result of him masterfully playing with colors. A model surrounded by drabs of grey sky and concrete is highlighted by red light. Another model with vitiligo is painted with contrasting colors, shot in front of a solid background that makes the paint, not their mottled skin, pop. A tattooed artist is bathed with green light that made them seem otherworldly and their eyes even more piercing.

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InterviewsThe Hypnotic Dream World Of Michael Walrond's Photography

So what’s next for Michael? He’s got an upcoming solo exhibition with Artgence where he would be showcasing some of the works he’s done over the years. Other than that, he’s working on a book featuring Black people. As a Black artist himself, the recent going-on with the Black Lives Matter movement hits close to home. He received criticism for not being so vocal about it on social media, but he thinks social media shouldn’t be the metrics of his activism. He’s an artist, so what he creates is art. “This is my way of saying something about it.”

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Artist SpotlightFerrari Sheppard: Black Americana

Sheppard’s paintings, their compositions, their dress, and hair, are reminiscent of images from ‘50s America, yet in truth, Black people are rarely ever shown in media during that time.

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Artist SpotlightAndrew Gray: Merging Fine Art With Graphic Design

There’s also a certain tension in his paintings. This tension can be from an unbreaking, confronting gaze from his subjects or a cleverly placed block of color precariously balanced in a field of color.

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Artist SpotlightSungi Mlengeya: Aesthetic of Omission

A closer look reveals that these portraits are not what they seem to be. Mlengenya did not paint these African women wearing white dresses in front of a white background.

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Artist SpotlightMarcellina Oseghale Akpojotor: The politics of Fabric

She has since created many works that explore femininity and female empowerment and reflect her identity as a woman in today’s society.

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Artist SpotlightGosette Lubondo : Haunting pictures from Kinshasa

Imaginary Trip seems especially relevant in the year 2020 when most of the world is under lockdown and wishing they could travel elsewhere...

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Artist SpotlightTonia Nneji : Bold colors from Lagos

The women depicted in her paintings are either draped or posed next to colorful, intricate fabric akin to those commonly found in Nigeria...

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Artist SpotlightRob Grad : From Music to Visual Arts

Rob Grad’s visual arts career didn’t start like most artists...

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Artist SpotlightErvin A. Johnson

Today we feature artist Ervin A Johnson and his recently released series "#InHonor".

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Artist SpotlightOrtega

Artgence takes a moment to look at the work of Ortega, a Colombian graphic designer turned photographer.

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Art, Politics & SocietyPollack Prize Winner: Todd Williamson

Todd Williamson’s abstract paintings evoke an image of a person, a portrait if you will. It is not that these lines and colors resemble anything close to the physical characteristics of a person...

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Virtual ExhibitionsInnovation for the Art World: Virtual Galleries

The art world is no exception. We’ve accepted the museum-going experience as the de facto method of viewing art, but with lockdown in force, how are we supposed to enjoy the art that we love so much? Do we just give up on ever enjoying art?

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InterviewsHow art became therapy, and overcoming the challenge of being a disables artist in the art world

I had always made drawings from a young age. During a recent mental health treatment & brain injury diagnosis, I was told that my first concussion was at 9 years old. I struggled with learning and concentrating all through schooling...

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InterviewsSmall town boy to Paris Fashion Week photographer - Meet William Perez

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