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Steve Jobs vs Neil Armstrong, After Watson, 2011

The face of Apple is clearly as prominent in our minds as he is in chromogenic print. Posing with a look of pure inspiration (or devious intensity), Steve Jobs is naturally contrasted with another 20th century revolutionary, Neil Armstrong. In this elaborate photomosaic by Alex Guofeng Cao, repeated images of the first man on the moon meld together to produce an icon of the personal-computer-age, a wonderful combination that exemplifies some of the most profound pioneers of the 20th century. “After Watson” refers to the original photographer of the iconic Steve Jobs portrait, Albert Watson. About the artist: Originally from China, Alex Guofeng Cao is an established photographer now based in New York. He credits photography greats such as Avedon, Weston, and Mapplethorpe for inciting his passion for photography and artistic experimentation. His preferred medium is black-and-white, saying that it is only the colors of this spectrum that he needs to create his world. With exhibitions in galleries and museums around the world, Cao’s work has quickly resonated within the collecting world. By juxtaposing two iconic images, Cao encodes greater meaning into familiar images of pop icons and masterworks. Cao has exhibited at prestigious shows such as Art Basel in both Switzerland and Miami Beach; Scope Basel and Scope Miami, ArtHamptons and more. His work has also been featured in prominent publications such as the LA Times, Haute Living, the Boston Herald, Art in America, The Miami Herald, and more.    Read more

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English 6 Bore Elephant Gun made by Joseph Lang Cockspur st London. 1857.

English 6 Bore Elephant Gun made by Joseph Lang Cockspur st London. 1857. Serial No. 2026 This is an outstanding Joseph Lang Percussion Elephant Gun. According to Richard Akehurst in his book , London, 1969, on page 148 it is ascertained that the gun bearing serial No. 2026 was made in 1857.  The gun fires a ball of .910 inches in diameter.  The maximum charge of coarse black powder would be 300 grams. This is an outstanding Joseph Lang Percussion Elephant Gun. According to Richard Akehurst in his book , London, 1969, on page 148 it is ascertained that the gun bearing serial No. 2026 was made in 1857.  The gun fires a ball of .910 inches in diameter.  The maximum charge of coarse black powder would be 300 grams. The history of the gun is rather cloudy, however, according to Captain J.O. Auclair, it was purchased from a Mrs. Carmichael of Brentford, Middlesex England.  She was a descendant of the original owner, who was a trader in British West Africa. Judging by the splendid condition of the gun, he must have done more trading than hunting. In 1821, Joseph Lang started his business in Haymarket, England. Lang was not a trained gun maker, but was always interested in the design and sale of  all types of guns. In 1826, he bought the bankrupt stock of James Manton which included many guns, and began selling both new and second-hand guns made by James Purdey. Lang later married Purdey’s second daughter, with whom he had two sons, who both later apprenticed under Purdey. His shop is credited as being one of the first shops with an indoor shooting range. Lang’s innovations and reputation for selling the best sporting guns garnered him a wide reputation with the elite and nobility. Prices for guns of this caliber were often the amount of an average man’s multi-year salary. His invention, known as Nitro Express cartridge is still a favorite of safari hunters today. In 1925, Lang merged with Stephen Grant to form their company, and then in 1960 they merged with Henry Atkin to form Atkin, Grant & Lang, which is still in business today.Read more

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