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City Lights Landmark Celebration 2001

NANCY PETERS

NANCY PETERS
San Francisco 2001

When Nancy Peters, publisher and current co-owner of City Lights came to San Francisco in 1971, she said City Lights was already a landmark as far as she was concerned. Peters thanked the staff, saying, "Without them we wouldn't be a landmark," and acknowledged the symbiotic relationship between institution and neighborhood that made and sustains City Lights as a cultural monument.
DISSENT IS NOT UN-AMERICAN

DISSENT IS NOT UN-AMERICAN
San Francisco 2001

City Lights Books evolved to threats of censorship sprung from a national crisis, Ferlinghetti was referring to the past as well as the 9/11 terrorism. "It will continue to symbolize the American spirit of free intellectual inquiry." "Before jumping on any bandwagons," he continued, "it's best to have uncensored information." City Lights published this photograph and it is now a best selling postcard.
FULL CREW ON BOARD

FULL CREW ON BOARD
San Francisco 2002

Every few years or so Nancy Peters or Lawrence Ferlinghetti calls me up to photograph the whole City Lights staff. The staff is so big now that I have to stand in the middle of Columbus Ave. to get them all into the picture.
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