The People’s Music

Bethesda Fountain area, Central Park, New York

I’ll be travelling for the next several days so I’ll post some old images from the late ’60s and early ’70s in New York. In those days I headed out most weekends to Central Park carrying either my Voigtländer Vito C or, by 1970, my Minolta srT101 and headed for the Bethesda Fountain with my photographic partner and oldest friend, Woyman Ju.

In one corner of the fountain plaza a bunch of photographers used to hang out and we tried to pick up all kinds of lore from them. I bought my first enlarger from one of those guys and when I got my SLR  he quickly got a woman in the area to pose for us (and pull up her skirt for the camera as well). At this period there were always crowds of kids with guitars, agitprop street theater, political demonstrations, and marijuana being passed around freely.

Unfortunately, my photographic skills were appalling. I rarely got focus on what I wanted, composed haphazardly and seldom aligned my metering needles for a decent exposure. Over the next few days I’ll share a handful of the images I was able to salvage from the wreckage of my photographic apprenticeship.

High Roller

45th and Second Ave

Here are a couple of images I shot sometime between 1976 and 1980 and I don’t think I’ve posted before. I love the contrast of the beer-drinker and the chauffeur-drive Rolls Royce (and, in the first shot, the VW Beetle as well).

also 45th and Second

In Memorium

North London (Golders Green?)

My father would have been 78 last week. Here are 2 photos he scanned a few years ago. The first is his elementary school class, somewhere in North London, probably around 1941. I’m not even certain which boy he is, though I suspect the boy all the way on the right in the middle row. The next image is of his mother (center) and her sisters my great-aunts Ella (left, I think) and Nancy. I met Ella a couple of times, once in the early ’70s and again in the mid-’80s when I lived in London. I never met my grandmother, Annie, or Aunt Nancy.

probably North London