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Tony's Bio, the short one.
Born and raised in Southern California in 1953, Tony Sanders has dedicated his life to all aspects of the creative arts. His first short narrative "Fresh Vegetables - A Book of Poetry" was published in 1972. However most of his writing has been for corporate and advertising requirements. But the critic in him continuously finds his way into newspapers for such things as restaurant and art reviews. From 2002 through 2009 he wrote, photographed, and produced in excess of seven million dollars worth of nurse recruitment advertising ads. Mostly for commercial use he has written an armload of scripts for TV spots, music videos and corporate product videos.
He began shooting photographs at age seven and processed them in a darkroom made of cardboard boxes in his parent’s garage. Even though finding the materials becomes more difficult day by day, his passion to shoot and process large format 8x10 negatives won’t go away. His collectors marvel at his huge selenium toned silver gelatin as well as platinum palladium prints. He has shot advertising and editorial images for a respectable list of clients for over forty years. His first commercial shoot was in 1969 when he illustrated "Collectable Advertising Tin Trays" by Jack Muzio.
Sanders grandparents lived on Catalina Island, off the coast of Los Angeles, from 1938 to 1988. So he spent much of his childhood hiking and horseback riding the trails of Catalina as well as Los Angeles and Orange County. And during those years he watched the Orange County, California barley fields turn into shopping malls. In 11/2010 Sanders closed his 4500 sq. ft. studio in Santa Ana, CA to revive his obsession for the finer arts of writing and black and white photography. You can see some of his work at: www.sandersphoto.com or www.sandersstudio.tv or www.long-gun.com. He has two face book pages: Tony Sanders and Long Gun Tony Sanders. Having worked in and owned several companies in the reprographic and offset printing industries his eye for the printed image is only exceeded by his desire to tell enjoyable and alluring tales of the old west.
The sequel to "Long Gun - Day of Consequence" intended for release in early 2013 is thirty percent complete as of September 1, 2012. The title is "Long Gun - Intruder on Dust Creek." "Intruder" picks up the morning after the final rain and barn episode. The little girls stand over them while they sleep whispering loudly, "Are they awake?" Then a pirate from the San Francisco Bay is hijacked and sent on the most unbelievable excursion.
The third installation of the Long Gun franchise is outlined and on deck for 2014.
Sanders is also well under way in his Science Fiction Book titled, "Star Seed - The Life and Times of Bondiulo Ramundy. Radiating from 2000 years b.c. in the South West and Yucatan Peninsula, this wild ride circumnavigates the globe, and carries on out into the far reaches of the universe in a way never thought of in the entire history of mankind.
Our dog Sam, Seven year old Tony's first silver gelatin print made in his cardboard darkroom in 1960. Yes it is turning brown and bleaching. Probably is still loaded with hypo, but he didn't know how to spell selenium in those days. But still, for a 52 year old photograph it's not bad.