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Razesa and Me   1 comment

As many may know I Photograph with Instant Film. Instant Film housed in a Polaroid 405. A Scneider 135MM f4.7 lens in a Crown Graphic Body. Rochester built with a 2 cell, 5″-7″ reflector. Firing bulbs Baby! Many times the process involves conversation just because of the camera itself. Recently I was approached by a gentleman named Ben. Of course we spoke a while about cameras and Instant Pictures. Some how the conversation turned to my children, where they attend college and the borough I spent my childhood. Which happens to be Queens. He caught me by surprise through his word association. Some how Queens meant the Velodrome to him. Unknowingly to Ben it meant a lot to me also. Many years ago I purchased a poor mans bicycle-fix wheel-from Kissena Cycles-builder Al Toefield. Al is known throughout the cycle scene in NY as far back as the ’40s. Al, Founder of Kissena Cycling Club, with two others influenced “The Track of Drems”-Kissena Park Velodrome. The only public bicycle track in NY.

Al measured me for the build and I chose a matte black finish for my two wheeler. Mr Toefield would also offer a chance for me to join the club and wear the jersey on the bank track. I was more interested in its usage for my transportation needs. Never saw or heard of the Span built-Razesa. But in Washington Square Park, I did confer with a group of messengers, whom applied all type of tricks with their Razesas. Locking a pose, riding backwards etc..Very cool.

As a natural progression I was very intertested in the Tour De France. Along came the Spaniard Miguel Indurain, who would win five Tours in the early 90s riding for the Banesto Team. For a year Razesa built a Cycle for the Banesto Team. Miguel and the Banesto rode the Razesa to victory circle taking the brand into cycling history. This beast of a rider actually rode the product I have built by a NY track icon. Very nice.


Pedal Stand. Razesa and Me, April 1988.


Ready to ride. Razesa and Me, April 1988

The very night Ben wondered out loud if he can have my jewel. I set my eyes upon it in my attic. It was two o’clock in the morning. Overcome with fulfillment and remebering all the pleasure we had together so glad I kept ya.

Anthony Leyro

“The Devil Made Me Do It”   Leave a comment

Andy Golub

Andy Golub and Model in Times Square

Andy Golub Halloween 2011

“The Devil Made Me Do It”

There was a time when I had a website. On the site I named this Photo ‘The Devil Made Me Do It”. The site is long gone, but  I caught up with the Artist in action. Andy Golub is his name. Body Paint is his game. I found him painting in Times Square. While he worked we talked. He assured me he will have many public “paintings” throughout the course of the year. As seen also at the High Line on Thursday nights etc… Very interested in the three day festival Atists In The Kitchen. Org offers. Of course he remembered many aspects of the Models he used this past Halloween. Only to add to my memory of when I pressed the shutter. That is Andy Golub BodyPaint Artist…

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His Mother Gave Birth To Twins!   Leave a comment

Anthony Leyro for I4YM-2011

“The Card Game” -Model: Mike Quiteh.

Anthony Leyro for I4YM-2012

“The Classic Triple”- Model: Mike Quiteh.

His Mother Gave Birth To Twins! Is the funniest reply to to the photo I call “The Card Game”. Actually from a Veteran Photographer whom could not come to terms that I would be able to produce such a photo. Without recourse to such a reaction to the photo, I came up with an idea to prove him incorrect. “The Card Game” was taken in the December-2011 and shown in January-2012. I appraised the Model Mike Quiteh we would have to get together again when possible. The possibility would be in the middle of the same winter, February-2012. By this time I had full confidence from Mike in producing something unusual. With the freedom to pose as he wished, we produced the “Classic Triple”. Now Sir I must tell you “His Mother Gave Birth To Triplets”!

Photo by: Anthony Leyro for Images 4 Your Mind, LLC. Model: Mike “Big Play” Quiteh. Assistant: Phillip Leyro. Special thanks to my Teacher-Mentor: Louis Mendes. Camera: Crown Graphic. Film: Kodak Ektar 4×5 Sheet Film and Fuji Astia 4×5 Sheet Film. Photos to placed in the HK Artists In The Kitchen. Org yearly magazine “At The Edge”as an advertisement. Founder: Michael Marcus Felber . Chief Editor: Mike Felber. Head of Studio Photography-Photo Documentarian Anthony Leyro- Images 4 Your Mind, LLC

The Photographer   Leave a comment

The Photo

Photo by Anthony Leyro for I4YM. Exposure with Crown Graphic and Fuji Instant Film

What do we do? Very simply, we record a still visual of time. There are many types, from the family photographer to the Professional, all worthy of this common goal. My most cherished photos were shuttered by my Pop, Ferdinand Leyro. Always camera ready, just as the Professional is. My Pop carried a point and shoot. Exactly what he did. He shot everything, including their laundry next you. That is where the separation occurs, for the Pro would have “cleaned the composition” before shutter release. Never mind technical aspects of the camera itself. That’s a different topic. Just a simple recording, which will be a classic in twenty years. Thanks Pop for “The Classics”.

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Jorge Alvarez….Riffs Baby….   Leave a comment

Jorge Alvarez. Solo Dos En Tijuana. Photo by

I heard him a quarter block away. Riffin’, tearin it up. I knew the music was up ahead. But from whom? I can only faintly hear it. Man did this sound good. I grew up hearing music as a youngster. My brother a guitarist, and sister a violinist. So I knew this was exceptional. I can hear the riffs  louder, and clearer but I still did not know where such a sweet melody was coming from. A radio maybe? A long shot since boom boxes died long ago. Now my mind is even more curious till I finally see why I could not tell where it such a wonderful sound was coming from. I caught up to the music and found there was a gentleman walking playing a Ukulele. Riffs baby, riffs…This was special. I needed more of a connection than a hello and thank you for the wonderful sounds I am hearing. So my first words were “When was the last time you were photographed?” He obliged and said “I like New York, for their are so many Photographers.” Well I like New York cause there is so much energy and you do not know when or how you will be energized. Jorge just passed the torch to me. I took five photos of Jorge. Within this time Jorge Alvarez told me he was from Venezuela. My Fathers Mothers country. Special from the first note I heard till the end of our five minutes together. We can follow Jorge Alvarez via web:

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Man with a Camera   Leave a comment

Louis Mendes with Crown Graphic. Photo by Images 4 Your Mind, LLC

Not many here are aware of the Charles Bronson sitcom from the early 1960’s Man with a Camera. Found on Hula First episode season one. Much like Arthur Fellig (Weegee) or current Louis Mendes he can be seen throughout the episodes with a press camera. But with the same bravado he portrays in his famed vigilante movies. Most of it shot in old New York, Noir. Only lasting two seasons the series is worth a look at for Bronson fans and for those trying to capture everyday life with a camera.

I do own a Press Camera. Crown Graphic to be exact. They are without a meter. So your thought process is much slower. Especially in the early morning, early evening, when the light is changing rapidly. My composition has dramatically  changed for the better. My poise and grace, with the many cameras I own, have been uplifted. If you are a shooter get one of these LF Cameras. Besides, the photos from this dinosaur are absolutely gorgeous. With Weegee long gone, you are still be able to catch “The Shaft with a Camera”, Louis Mendes or even me for a photograph of wonderful you.


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