VSL:WEB // The personal ads, personified

The recent spate of CRAIGSLIST KILLER headlines makes Mark Andrew’s already-interesting photo essay “de-classified” even more compelling.

A few months ago, Andrew began responding to personal ads, asking the placers if they’d sit for a photograph. To his surprise, many did: He has snapped 50-plus pix to date. Here’s a 67-year-old man who’s in the market for a rich, attractive woman — with a gambling habit. There’s a man and woman who are searching for another couple; given that they’re naked, we assume they aren’t looking for gin-rummy opponents. And as for the 42-year-old man who’s clutching a photo of Marilyn Monroe and seeking the perfect woman — well, we wish him the best of luck.

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VSL:WEB // The personal ads, personified