Author Archive

Mickalene Thomas, Brittney Griner, and “Black is Beautiful”  //

The New York Times Magazine published a cover story on Brittney Griner and her ordeal in a Russian prison. Our favorite artist Mickalene Thomas was hired by the New York Times to take the photographs of Brittney for the cover story. They are remarkable images. Brittany’s story is also remarkable and is told in her […]

Happy Birthday Donovan! with a special shoutout from Sammy Hagar  //

Today is my friend Donovan‘s birthday. Last week, Variety Magazine published a story on Sammy Hagar, where he talked about Donovan’s influence on him. “Around the time of Dylan, I also got turned onto Donovan and to be honest, I was more of a Donovan guy than a Dylan guy. Donovan had the same feelings […]

Daniel Kramer Bringing It All Back Home, 1932-2024  //

Bob Dylan, New York City, 1965. Photo by Daniel Kramer.   Daniel Kramer‘s photographs of Bob Dylan were a primary inspiration when I systematically began to champion significant photographs documenting musical artists. I remember so well when Daniel’s book, Bob Dylan, was published in 1967. I was a sophomore at Georgetown University in Washington, DC. […]

Poet Laureate Randall Jarrell As Seen By Ted Russell  //

Randall Jarrell, Washington, DC, 1957. Photo by Ted Russell.   I was speaking with former LIFE photographer Ted Russell, whose extraordinary photographs of Bob Dylan from 1961 to 1964 were recently exhibited at the Bob Dylan Center in Tulsa, OK, when he told me about his photographs of Randall Jarrell. Randall Jarrell was the 11th […]

John Sinclair, David Fenton, and John & Yoko  //

John Lennon and Yoko Ono at the “Free John Sinclair” rally. Ann Harbor, MI, December 10, 1971. © David Fenton   The New York Times published activist John Sinclair‘s obituary this past Sunday. They illustrated the obituary with David Fenton‘s photograph of John Lennon and Yoko Ono performing at a concert and rally in Ann […]

George Hurrell, The National Portrait Gallery, and Govinda Gallery  //

The National Portrait Gallery just opened an exhibition of the legendary Hollywood celebrity glamour portrait photographer, George Hurrell. Ann M. Shumard, Senior Curator of Photographs at the National Portrait Gallery writes that, “During the 1930s and early 1940s, George Hurrell reigned supreme as Hollywood’s preeminent portrait photographer. His timeless images helped define the public personas […]

Richard Lewis…A Reflection with Love  //

  I first got to know Richard Lewis as a rare book collector of musical titles at Govinda Gallery, and then as his collaborator on Reflections from Hell: Richard Lewis’ Guide On How Not To Live. It was my great pleasure to edit Reflections from Hell, write the preface and to bring it to publication […]

Black is Beautiful Book Launch with LaMonte McLemore and Friends in Las Vegas  //

Black is Beautiful, featuring LaMonte McLemore‘s JET photographs is scheduled to be published today by powerHouse Books.   Black is Beautiful book cover.   It was my great pleasure and honor to collaborate these last few years with LaMonte McLemore in making this book. LaMonte, a founding member of The 5th Dimension vocal group also […]

Havana Part III: Viñales Valley, Experimental Graphics Workshop, Fabrica de Arte, and La Guarida  //

After the launch of David Fenton‘s SHOTS Exhibition, we drove to Viñales Valley, a UNESCO World Heritage Site in Pinar Del Rio, just a two hour drive from Havana. It is surely one of the most beautiful places I’ve been to in my life. We had a lovely lunch at Restaurante Buena Vista overlooking the […]

Havana Part II: Roberto Salas and Submarino Amarillo  //

After the opening of the SHOTS exhibition, I took David Fenton and his wife Sylvie Erb along with Carlotta Hester and Fabiola Castro to visit the home of one of Cuba’s greatest photographers of all time, Roberto Salas. Salas was one of the five ‘epic’ photographers of Cuba…the five who documented the Cuban revolution. I hosted […]

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