Gerald Ranson arrived in New York in 1962. Born and raised in a family of five boys in East London, he arrived with little more than an art degree and a desire to work in advertising. Before long he had landed his first job and a green card. Gerry ended up working as a storyboard illustrator, then art director, and later as a designer for mega-corporate events at many of the city's hottest firms, including a spell at Well, Rich, and Greene, where he served as the original art director for the "I ❤ NY" campaign. Thirty years later, in retirement, Gerry returned to his first love: illustration. Gerry divides his time between his home in Hillsdale, New York and his apartment on the Upper West Side in Manhattan.
To see more of Gerry's work, visit: gerryranson.com
Born and raised in a desert suburb on the fringes of Los Angeles, Michelle Standley grew up dreaming of the wider world. After a decade of travel she finally settled in New York. Her writing and reviews on the history of travel and tourism, cities and globalization, and contemporary art, have appeared in The Journal of Architecture, and The Brooklyn Rail, and in edited volumes published by Berghahn Books and Palgrave MacMillan Press. Michelle holds a Ph.D. in History from New York University. Before going freelance, she taught at Pratt Institute and Cooper Union for many years. She divides her time between Berlin and “the world’s borough,” Queens, New York.
For more about Michelle's other projects, see: michellestandley.com