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Artist paints portraits of every grad in a found yearbook, then tracks them down Posted by Cory Doctorow, January 8, 2009 11:42 PM | permalink In "The Altruist," artist Laurie Munn documents her adventure in found portraiture: working from a 1965 yearbook from Emerson High in Union City, New Jersey that she found in the trash, Munn painted portraits of all 220 members of the class of 65. Then she returned to the Emerson High and tracked down the subjects of her portraits to show them the great work -- discovering the heartbreaking story of the original yearbook on the way.

It's a fabulous short feature, with humor, pathos, art and nostalgia all swirled up together in a mad project.

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The final chapter in this project will be added to the full length Altruist documentary. It will include scenes of my receiving an honorary diploma from Emerson High School in Union City, New Jersey and ultimately my receiving my own true High School Diploma after 46 years.
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