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See his work here: Victor Skrebneski.
I was in a discount bookstore an I came across a book of portraits by Victor Skrebneski. I was stunned at what he'd done, bought the book and looked around for more copies. Then I started to study him. He is a fashion photographer who has been working in Chicago since the 1950's and is most famous for decades and decades of beautiful Estee Lauder ads. Amazing skin tones and wonderful colors.
But the book I bought, Skrebneski Portraits, was filled with high contrast images of faces and torsos. It was powerful and different from all the stuff I usually saw in photo magazines.
More and more my work started to reference Skrebneski's. I find the directness of his black and white technique very compelling.
Edit June 5: Do you need a copy of one of my first two lighting books in Chinese?
Here's the link: http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss_1?url=search-alias%3Dstripbooks&field-keywords=kirk+tuck
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Internationally published. Yes.