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“France is not Italy!” is a photographic book about the cultural landscape of the French and Italian Riviera. While in France, I heard this phrase as an explanation for why things were the way they were in France. At the time it seemed trivial, however, after visiting both the French and Italian Riviera the phrase began to take on a unique meaning. These two countries share a small part of the world, however the geography that kept them separate for centuries crafted very different cultures and political states. This book explores and captures, through photographs, the culture of the people in this region and the historic landscape they share.

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Sam Dobrow
samdobrow Atlanta, GA USA 30004
I've been involved in photography as an art for over thirty years. In high school, I was influenced by a photography teacher who instilled the purist principles of Edward Weston and Ansel Adams. I developed advanced skills in visualizing the tonal range of a setting and capturing images with available light. In the darkroom I experimented with a variety of chemical and temperature techniques for both film and print processing. At the University of Florida, my conservative and traditional perspective on photography as a visual medium was challenged by the thinking and works of Jerry Uelsmann, one of the early masters of photomontage, and guest lecturers like Robert Heineken (UCLA) whose montages embedded commercial erotica in highly unconventional images. Today my photography focuses on people - fashion, beauty, glamour, and fine art nudes.

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