The backstory on de-classified

de-classified thumbnailThe Post-Star's Drew Kerr recently wrote a feature about Mark Andrew, the Saratoga Springs-based photographer who's "de-classified" series looks at the people behind Craigslist personals:

Many people Andrew contacted about participating told him their relationships or jobs could be compromised if they were to shed the confidentiality provided by their online ads. One person also wrote that they "detest predators who take advantage of people in the name of art."
By and large, though, Andrew said people he contacted were receptive to his ambition -- either intrigued by his artistic motivation or, in some cases, lured in by the $50 offer he made them in exchange for taking part.
And once people agreed to participate, Andrew said it often took little more than an hour's conversation over coffee to put them at ease in front of the camera.

Andrew says the site for his project (might be NSFW) has gotten more than a million page views since March.

photo: Mark Andrew


He offered me $50 in response to some rant & rave post... If I had wanted people to see who posted that, I would have included my picture on the post.

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