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Once upon a time…

I’ve been a magazine art director for more than 50 years, my first job after serving 4 years
in the US Air Force was at LOOK magazine on Madison Avenue. I was very lucky to
have worked with many great photographers, from Richard Avedon to all those who
contributed to the “look” of LOOK; and from some of the best Art Directors, Nelson Gruppo,
Alan Hurlburt, and Alexsey Brodavich, I learned how to visually communicate with
design and photography. 

I was born and raised in the Williamsburg section of Brooklyn, NY.  A very “artsy” place
these days, back then it was more like West Side Story… without the dancing. But after much
encouragement from Miss Campagna, my 6th grade art teacher, I went to and graduated
from the School of Industrial Art in Manhattan. And after returning home from the military,
I attended evening classes at Pratt Institute under the GI Bill. I graduated Pratt with a
degree in Advertising Design, and later studied publication design with Alexey Brodovitch
at his Design Lab in New York City. 

Always an avid hiker, I painted and photographed many of my rambling through the forests
of New York and New Jersey. At first, my photographs were just used as a reference
and an inspiration for my landscape paintings—but later on I found a way to make my
photographs bolder, with added texture and depth, and in some cases a bit more
abstract. By adding some creative touches with my camera and computer I found
a look I really enjoy. 

Still a freelance Art Director, I spend much of my spare time with my photography and
if I’m not “down the shore” or in the hills and forests you will find me in my home studio
in Woodcliff Lake, NJ. I hope you enjoy my landscapes.

Thank you Miss Campagna!

Al Foti

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