Harry Campbell
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July 2009
No Dollar Signs Please
I have to create a Workbook spread every year which is also used in a promotional book that my rep sends out. I generally just use images that I have from assignments but wanted to try something else. This image is just simply playing around and probably a result of doing too many financial and technology illustrations, or I just need to go on more picnics (see Cuneo post). My rep suggested that it may not be the best image to put on the Workbook page so I'll put it here. I sparred with them a bit, I do appreciate what my rep does for me but do not want them dictating the direction my work takes, but since the piece was unfinished and I needed to get my page in I took the easy route and put together the second page. It's a work in progress.

Today's NYT
I haven't been getting too many interesting assignments lately so it was nice to get an op-ed yesterday. Thanks Kim.
It may sound silly but I felt a bit uneasy about trying to interpret this story of loss and human suffering. Who am I, a person who hasn't winessed death, except for loved ones in hospitals, haven't had to flee from unspeakbale opression, nor have I had to starve, or witness the darkest of human nature, who am I to match this guys words? I guess I just felt like the skulls were getting a bit cartoony or the ideas were too cliche, gimicky, and didn't want to cheapen this guys piece.
I had a very trying childhood, violence, alcoholism, abandonement, blah blah blah, etc. But this all seems like suburban folly from people who have too much, embarassing in fact when you think of the suffering that people like this man have faced.
My wife and I went out for dinner last night to celebrate our 19 year anniversary, we had a long conversation about what it might be like to come to this country as a first generation immigrant, and how she and I being several generations removed from that experience can never truly appreciate what we have.

The story.
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