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The Old Print Shop
150 Lexington Avenue
Between 29 & 30th Sts.
New York, NY 10016
tel: 212-683-3950
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Rama (1927)

Jove Rama Antoniadis was born in Dover New Jersey on July 21, 1927. His first interest was music and he started violin lessons at the age of four. His first exposure to photography came when his older brother came home from WWII with an 35mm Argus Camera and he set up a darkroom in the upstairs bathroom. After graduating high school he enrolled at the Julliard School of Music and began taking academic courses at Columbia. He decided that he was no longer interested in a career in music and went to work in his father's restaurant in Dover. He would work at various other jobs including an iron ore miner, and then a photographer in an explosives plant.

His break came when Alan Fortain offered him a job in the late 1950's. While working with Fortain he "perfected my camera work and darkroom technique…." After four years he went out on his own doing commercial advertising work in the food and fashion industry. He went to Europe in 1963 photographing and traveling for two months through England, France, Yugoslavia, Bulgaria, Greece and Turkey. During this trip he began photographing the historical antiques and archeological sites. After his return he opened his first studio in Dover, New Jersey and photographed most of the Rock groups of the period at concerts and for album covers. During the 1970's he made a decision to pursue his own artistic vision and gave up commercial work. As he says "Travel and photography have consumed me totally for he last 30 years. I spend hours in the darkroom and on my Mac making my own color prints. – What Joy!"

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