PHOTO ESSAYS

BEAUTY PARLOR
In 1967 I began photographing in beauty parlors on the East Coast. Featured here are photographs from a simple cut and curl shop located in Stanford, Connecticut.

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BOYS OF BRAZIL
While living in Sao Paulo, Brazil during the 1070’s, I photographed the Brazilian dance troupe, “Trocadero”. This all male Brazilian dram dance group mirrored the American mal drag dance troupes that were dancing a full continent away in San Francisco.

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BRUISED BUT NOT FORGOTTEN
These are the disenfranchised of our society. The homeless and the hopelessly mentally ill people who live and die on the streets of our City of Angels.

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CALIFORNIA CADILLAC
Every Cadillac whether perfect, tattered or torn, is an American icon. Our affection deepens for these metal beasts as we look and wonder where they have been and who might have owned them.

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CANYON
Santa Monica and Rustic Canyons snuggle side by side in the hills between Santa Monica and Pacific Palisades in Southern California. Locals prize the staircases that connect streets at different elevations, a celebrated collection of log cabins from the''20s and two pedestrian tunnels under Pacific Coast Highway to the beach. The canyons used to be affordable retreats for writers and artists; photographer Edward Weston lived in Santa Monica Canyon in the ''30s, as did Salka Viertel, who held salons frequented by Greta Garbo, Bertolt Brecht and Thomas Mann. Today a bungalow can command $1.5 million and residents include movie stars and moguls. The Santa Monica Pier is just down PCH, but the canyons, dense with eucalyptus and sycamore trees, feel like small country towns.

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CHICAGO


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DEATH MANAGEMENT
Death Management introduces us to funeral directors, embalmers, crematoriums and the Coroner’s Office. My photographs pay homage to these men and women whose daily takes it is to manage the business of death.

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DOGGIE HEAVEN
There have been many essays about America''s pet culture, but never one like Doggie Heaven. Ive created an inspired portrait of our obsessive relationship with dogs, cats and other animals, not as it exists in the here now, but as it mutates in traveling headlong toward the hereafter. The results are sometimes startling, occasionally bizarre and always facinating as I take you to places youve only half knew existed. You visit the Los Angeles Pet Memorial Park, home to some 40,000 neatly groomed plots whose markers bear inscriptions that often express a sense of loss more heartfelt than those found in human graveyards. We meet Sergio 2000, taxidermist extraordinaire, who, for a modest fee, will preserve a four-legged friend in a state of uncanny verisimilitude and dreams of one day doing the same with a human specimen. I carried my lens into the bowels of canine crematoria whose ovens, heated to 1600 degrees, can reduce, in a matter of hours, a 100 pound dog to a pile of bone fragments and ashes. I took a side trip to check out hard core animal rights activists willing to go to extreme lengths to get us to change our carnivorous habits.

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FAVELA (SHANTY TOWN)
These photographs taken in the hills outside Sao Caetanto do Sul during the 1970’s show the poverty of this industrial suburb of Sao Paulo, Brazil and its people.

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HOLLYWOOD PEOPLE
For more than 25 years, I have carefully created more than 600 portraits of people who are in the movie business. Some of the individuals that I photographed work in front of the motion picture camera and others behind it.
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HOLLYWOOD SOUVENIRS
Hollywood Souvenirs is my personal visual souvenir of Hollywood. It explores my fascination with the city while examining this city of lights as both a place and an idea.

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MONROE BEYOND THE GRAVE
Marilyn Monroe, legend. Born into poverty, she became one of the highest paid actresses and the most infamous sex symbol of her generation. I explore here her celebrity after death.

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NEW MEXICO PENITENTIARY
Let me take you to the unventilated 6X9 cells of the NM State Penitentiary. Built in 1956 and nearly burned down during an inmate revolt in 1980, here is what remains of what once was on of the harshest and most punitive prisons in the nation.

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