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Sunday, April 19th 2009

8:12 PM

Shawn Mortensen RIP

Shawn was a photographer of music, art, politics. He passed away this week. He was an artist taking pictures of artists. He documented the 90's LA and NY art, fashion and music scene in all its beauty, glory, excess, positivity and negativity.  He also traveled the world and documented poverty and struggle.

Memory: he was the only person on the set of the Luscious Jackson video "Here" who got me laughing (all laughs on camera are his doing-he was the still photographer right on the other side of the film camera). That was a tough video to shoot involving roller derby. He stood there and made really silly faces and it cracked me up.

Following is an obituary of sorts written by Shawn himself last year.

http://drewtewksbury.com/2009/04/17/the-final-draft-of-shawn-mortensen/
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