THE PHOTOGRAPHY COLLECTION

ESSAYS
So many pictures, so little time.
There are many stories in life.
These essays reflect just a few of mine.
As my life goes on, there will be more...
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FINE ART


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JAZZ
These images and more were made at three Los Angeles venues between 1983 and 2002. Two remain active and one is gone. Gone is Vine Street Bar & Grill on Vine in Hollywood. Catalina Bar & Grill and the Jazz Bakery continue to offer the best of "straight ahead" Jazz in Los Angeles. Not "smooth Jazz" formats programmed on the radio. KJAZZ in Long Beach hangs on. For how long? As long as it‘s supported by it‘s shrinking membership.

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PEOPLE
We had faces, Gloria Swanson, as the famed film star Norma Desmond, almost hissed in Sunset Boulevard; Billy Wilder and I.A.L. Diamonds classic meditation on Hollywood and it''s wiles. I think the greatest tests of the portrait photographer is his intuitiveness, his ability to judge a person and to get along with all kinds of people, from a steet conductor to a prime minister of a world-famous actor.

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POPULAR MUSIC
A whole note still gets four beats. oo-bop-a-dah

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SHEET METAL
They rest there like mobile sculptures. Still traveling the streets and highways. 8 miles go the gallon. Tired and worn. Battered and torn. For me always a thing of beauty. As I gaze at the Hudson Hornet on Broom Street in Soho I vision todays technology resting under a freshly restored black laquered body. Chrome newly plated. Shiny and bright. What a true piece of work it would be. Really.

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SPORTS
To meet the great Willie Mayes at his hotel room in the Ambassador Hotel, ride with him to Dodger Stadium, able to photograph the Giants and Dodgers taking batting practice, have complete access of the stadium to photograph the game, shake hands with Sandy Kofak(later on in the saeson photograph him pitching a no hitter!!!) and Don Drysdale ride back to the hotel, get an autographed ball and walk away with ten rolls of Tri-X, what in the hell could a 25 year old photogrpaher want?

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"Black and white is the very vision of hope and despair. This is what I want in my photographs."

Robert Frank
1951

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