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Contributors: John Carroll, Beat Ernst, Ben Colman


John Carroll (Tandy Warnow, PI, p. 40) has been roaming the planet for the past 25 years in search of a good story. He has been a copy boy, an investigative reporter, a foreign correspondent, and a freelance writer exploring the world of new technology. When he’s not writing, you can usually find him patching up an old Victorian house in central Texas.

Swiss photographer Beat Ernst’s (Hanno Langen and Dalia Cohen, p. 31) favorite subjects are plants. He studied botany and zoology at the University of Basel and photography at the Basel School of Art. He has developed educational programs for the Basel Botanical Garden and co-authored a dictionary of medicinal plants.

Ben Colman (Michael Man, p. 31) is a partner in Laramie Photographic, located in Ann Arbor, Mich. He holds an MFA in photography from Cranbrook Academy of Art, and has taught a variety of classes in photography over the past 20 years. He is a past president of the Michigan Chapter of the American Society of Media Photographers, and enjoys photographing just about anything, from landscapes to helicopter aerials to amateur and professional motorsports, as well as the varied range of studio and location subjects he faces on any given day.

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