John Baeder is best known for his paintings and prints of diners across America. An artist affiliated with the Photorealist movement, Baeder grew up in South Bend, IN in 1938. A graduate of Auburn University, Baeder first worked in advertising in Atlanta and ultimately, New York City. An avid explorer of the Museum of Modern Art photography collection, Baeder was influenced by artists such as Walker Evans and Bernice Abbott. Baeder went back to his roots in the South and the Midwest in his collection of 1960's postcards from roadside diners, that triggered his interest in photorealist renditions of typical American life. Though known predominantly for his paintings, Baeder also created unique color lithographs.