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January 05, 2010


boy playing pool.
This is one of the first images Ibarionex took as a young photographer
Ibarionex Perello

Your Story: Ibarionex Perello

Ibarionex Perello heard the program we aired last week, Shootout in New Buffalo. That story involved a police intern and the mentor who changed his life. Ibarionex wrote to tell us about someone who changed his life. For him it was a man named Mike Cohen. Mike was a counselor at the Boys Club of Hollywood during the late seventies. Mike loved photography and restored the club's darkroom for the boys to use, then invited photojournalists to come give classes. The darkroom became Ibarionex's second home, and he grew up to become a successful photographer. Years later he tried to track Mike down to thank him for his friendship and support, but his mentor had passed away. Ibarionex found another way to honor him - by making a photography book about the boys' club, which is still serving kids in the neighborhood.   

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