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Early 1960s

DESIDERATA
Alameda 1964

The kind of photography I started doing in art school was man & nature images. While driving along the South Shore beach, I saw the shadow on the mudflats. When we stopped, I asked my brother Bob to walk out and stand in the center of the dry area. I photographed him using a new wide-angle lens I had just gotten for Christmas from my parents. A couple of years later the photo was published as the very popular "Desiderata" poster.
THE STRUGGLE

THE STRUGGLE
Oakland 1964

Civil Rights was on everyone's mind in the early sixties. Having been brought up in an all-white town as a child, I had no real perspective. Robert Taylor was a student friend of mine at art school. Robert and others helped me gain some perspective. The Beats continued my education about human rights, social justice, political freedom, censorship and the environment.
SANDY ON THE TRAIN

SANDY ON THE TRAIN
Alameda 1964

My friend Sandy was the "wild child" in my group in art school. She was the first person to try anything. She loved life. Sandy was a friend, model and fellow photographer. She is posed here trying to get away. Sandy got away.
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