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Larry Fong - Magician of Light

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words & photography | HOMER LIWAG He is a bit of a mystery—even to some of his closest friends. Maybe that’s how he prefers it. He is honestly more comfortable behind the camera than the other way around. Larry Fong is one of the most sought-after cinematographers in Hollywood. He has shot films with JJ Abrams—yes, that JJ Abrams—(Lost, Star Wars: [...]

Kate Davis

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words SHARMAINE MCLAREN | photography DEOGRACIAS LERMA | photography assistant SARAH COCHRAN hair FRANCIS ROBINSON | makeup JENNIFER HOFF SIMPSON | clothing and jewelry ARLENE ARANZAMENDEZ of ATELIER ADORN USA In a voice reminiscent of divas past, playing an upright bass larger than she, Kate Davis lures listeners into a timeless space, where musical ge[...]

Alexander Nash

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words OLIVER YORK | photography DEOGRACIAS LERMA The word gentleman is collectively defined as “a cultured man of calm demeanor and strong character who is chivalrous, courteous, and thoughtful in his dealings with others.” The word conjures up images of Cary Grant and the Duke of Windsor and images of times past when ladies wore gloves and men tipped the[...]

Jeff Ruby

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words STEPHANIE CREECH | photography DEOGRACIAS LERMA | photography assistant SARAH COCHRAN Jeff Ruby has forever changed Cincinnati’s dining and entertainment industry. His talent for transformation was first apparent when the Jersey boy arrived in town in 1970, took a very tired Holiday Inn cocktail lounge, and turned it into the city’s hot spot. Today,[...]

Jared Bennett

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words GRACE YEK, CCC, MS | photography DEOGRACIAS LERMA | photography assistant SARAH COCHRAN The open wood-burning fireplace stands tall, presiding over the kitchen at Metropole restaurant. The fireplace is the diva of the cooking line, ready to reward the deserving cook with exquisite flavors but also keen to test the crew with her temperament. Her dema[...]

Jack Rouse Associates

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words STEPHANIE CREECH | photography DEOGRACIAS LERMA JRA Headquartered at 6th and Vine in downtown Cincinnati, Jack Rouse Associates, or JRA, may be one of the city’s best-kept secrets. More likely, it’s simply a matter of the general population not knowing the magnitude of the company’s reach. Whatever the case, the Wall Street Journal is well aware of[...]