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My 15 Minutes

Today I had my 15 minutes of fame. The Berkeley-based online news website Berkeleyside.com discovered some of my photos from the late 1960′s and 70′s and did a feature article on them, and me.

This was very nice. Tracey Taylor from Berkeleyside.com called me Monday and we talked about photography, Flickr as social-media, and nostalgia for the “good old days”, if there ever were good old days.

Tracey did a fine job of capturing my sentiments and included a small handful of my images in the text, with links to my Berkeley collection on Flickr.com.

Which got me thinking … I really should put down some thoughts here regarding photography in the digital age. I’ve spent most of my adult life trying to understand two things: what makes music appealing, and what makes a good photograph, and why. I have opinions about both, but no answers. It’s all still a mystery… as all art should be.

Anyway, here’s the article.  I hope to dig up some more images from the vault and post them soon. Stay tuned.

London 1966

London 1966
I’ve been scanning some of my London photos from the sixties and seventies and putting them up on Flickr.

Seems there’s a lot of interest in pictures from earlier times, and there are Flickr groups for Sixties London and Seventies London.

Nostalgia? or curiosity?

After WWII, just about everyone had a camera, film and processing were widely available, and so beginning with the 50′s and certainly the 60′s daily life was easily recorded.

When we look back at these images we can see how much has changed. Clearly something the 19thC couldn’t do so easily.

It’s mostly curiousity, then. The people in this photo, for example, are now 44 years older, and may not even be still alive.

My Photo On The Cover

Martin: Confessions of Edward Day

Now this is really exciting!

One of my New York in the 60′s photo appears on the cover of a mystery novel by Valerie Martin (paperback edition) published by Vintage/Random House, The Confessions of Edward Day.

(It will be available after July 13)

The image on top is 6th Avenue at 4th street in Greenwich Village in 1971.

The original is over here on my photo blog.

And yes, it’s legit .. they asked me, and I got paid.

Appropriately, the novel is set in the Village in the 70′s.

It seems that if  you do a photo search for images of the Village in the 60′s you eventually come upon my photo blog.

And as a result, some of my images have appeared in odd places, even a English language collection of essays for Danish high school students.

But this is the best. On the cover. Ok, half the cover. The lower half is not mine.

So while there still is a nostalgia for images from the 60′s and 70′s (I wish I had taken more pictures then), some of my more recent images have appeared on CD covers (Cold Blue, and New World Records), and other websites.

So All I’ve Seen is starting to pay off.

Update: I managed to read the book this weekend and it’s not bad. In fact, it’s a good read. It pretty well captures the vibe of the time, especially the world of off-broadway actors searching for work, living hand to mouth. It’s a love triangle, with an air of mystery about one of the characters. I came across a number of shady and mysterious characters myself in those days. Being mysterious was a common ploy. A good book, engaging, and well written. I say buy it.  

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Richard Friedman lives in Oakland, CA, is a freelance tech writer/editor, web designer, photographer, is a Director of Other Minds, wrote his first computer program in 1962 for the IBM 650. It played dice. He is also a ham radio (AG6RF) operator, and he also takes a lot of photographs, composes music, and does a weekly radio program on KALW called Music From Other Minds.
He is not Kinky.

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