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50 Entrepreneurs Just Conquered Times Square
 

An exhibition of 50 portraits of tech luminaries will be on exhibit in New York's Times Square on June 15, just in time for F.ounders down the street.

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Kevin Abosch, an Irish photographer, rose to fame for his celebrity portraits of icons such as Johnny Depp and Tom Cruise.

Now, Abosch has turned his lens on some of the real celebrities of our time: Entrepreneurs.

On June 15, New York City's Times Square will feature the portraits of 50 entrepreneurs, CEOs, and tech-world notables, including Twitter founder Jack Dorsey, Skype founder Niklas Zennström, Google Chairman Eric Schmidt, Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg, and The Huffington Post founder Arianna Huffington.

"The geek and the rockstar have become one," Abosch says.  "While the faces behind many of the tech products which have become ubiquitous in our time may not be immediately familiar, I hope people will be engaged by the humanity in these portraits of visionaries and entrepreneurs who continue to push the boundaries within the tech-space and are changing the face, for better or for worse, of contemporary life."

Last year, Abosch released a major exhibition launched in Dublin Airport's Terminal 2 titled "Faces of Ireland," a series of 250 photograph that included Sinéad O'Connor, Seamus Heaney, and Colm Toibin.

The exhibit coincides with another entrepreneur event taking place in Times Square on Friday--F.ounders in New York--an exclusive, invite-only event for 150 premiere company founders and investors from around the world.

The photos will be on display through the day on electronic billboards, including the façade of the NASDAQ building.

The two-day event has been described as "Davos for Geeks," and features talks from notables like Chad Hurley, Reed Hastings, and Bono. Other founders of household-name companies include David Karp, founder of Tumblr, and David Gilboa, co-founder of Warby Parker.

"Given that the CEOs and founders of over quarter of a trillion worth of "start-ups" will be in Times Square on Friday, security is going to be very tight," the event organizer noted in an e-mail. And some attendees were even too high-profile to be put on a list. "The list is not exhaustive," he added.

IMAGE: Kevin Abosch
Last updated: Jun 15, 2012




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