Moved to NYC on oneway airline flight and $500.00. Planned to attend Cooper Union College, I couldn't get in so I started calling on established working photographers to see about working as an assistant. After forty days and money almost gone I got a assistants job with Carl Fischer Photography where I stayed for a year and a half. After that I started freelancing as an assistant and was able to work for some of the great photographers of that time, Hiro mostly but also Rebecca Blake, Francesco Scavullo and even Richard Avedon. I ended up living in NYC a total of 13 years.