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New York Fin De Siecle Baby Sellers

This was part of my diploma project at the New York Academy of Art. It's an image of 1890's NYC gangsters hanging out under a bridge selling a baby. At the time, I was fascinated by images of "Old New York"- photos by Jacob Riis, Books by Luc Sante, and Herbert Asbury("Gangs of New York"). I mixed those images with a Dickensian, "Oliver Twist" scene.
It was fun to do a woodcut this large, but it almost cost me my thumb as I slipped while sharpening the woodcut tool- the ensuing tale of emergency room madness is a tale I'll tell you if you come to one of my woodcut workshops