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BAD COMPANY EXHIBIT

BAD COMPANY EXHIBIT
San Francisco 1999

Bad Company was a 3-person exhibit. Bill Stotler, manager of SkyDeck (which was on top of the Embarcadero Center) approached me. He wanted to show my Beat and Counter Culture work at the SkyDeck gallery. I invited photographer Dale Smith and Amy Evans McClure a sculptor and wife of Michael McClure to show with me. Michael had told me previously that if Dale and I ever had a show together of our Beat work he would perform at the opening. McClure is shown in this photograph at the exhibit with James O. Mitchell, the great Beat photographer from the 1950s.
PHOTOGRAPHER HARRY REDL

PHOTOGRAPHER HARRY REDL
San Francisco 1999

Harry Redl is a Canadian photographer who worked for Life Magazine all over the world. During the 1950s Harry photographed the Beat poets and artists. He photographed Neal Cassady in San Quentin Prison. Some of Harry Redl's photographs of the Beats are classics including the Ginsberg "Moloch" and the Ferlinghetti/City Lights "Banned Books" photographs. With this portrait of Harry, I was trying out my new digital camera. On his laptop computer, he is showing me one of his images of Imogen Cunningham.
FERLINGHETTI AT MODERN TIMES

FERLINGHETTI AT MODERN TIMES
San Francisco 1999

Lawrence Ferlinghetti was at Modern Times bookstore to celebrate independent bookstores. There was a series of these events and it was City Lights Books' turn to be honored. Both City Lights Books and Modern Times Books stores were named after Charlie Chaplin films. Ferlinghetti and Nancy Peters (co-owner of City Lights) gave a reading to the invited group attending. In the photograph Lawrence is shown cutting the cake for the party that followed the event.
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