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Bill Cotter

Let there be light!

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Two pictures taken a moment apart that help show how the colors changed on the General Motors facade. October 1964. Newly restored 35mm slides from my collection.

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That is exactly what a great pavilion at a world's fair should look like.  

I loved that pavilion.  It took my breath away when I was 12 and it still does in these photographs.

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Recent expos have foregone this type of lighting with the exception of Expo 2010.  The industrial section was like Las Vegas on steroids.  Here are a few examples . . .

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I think lighting has been a hallmark of the great expositions since the days when huge searchlights bathed the grounds of the World's Columbian, to the pavilions decked in thousands of incandescent  bulbs including the Electric Tower at the Pan American, to the jack-o-lantern projected onto the Perisphere to these magnificent shots shared by expo boy.

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