In the last five years, I have assembled a legacy book project that includes a brief memoir and black and white photographic portraits of artists and friends. The portrait sittings occurred between 1979 and 1981 in my SoHo loft at a time when SoHo was a collegial community of artists and art commerce.
The portraits are timeless, revelatory, and powerful. The project is entitled The Face of SoHo Once Upon a Time to evoke the warm and fuzzy sense of bygone days.
I began my photographic career as one of the original Soho loft dwellers in the seventies. Previously, I frequented a trendy art bar/restaurant called Max’s Kansas City. Although Max’s did not qualify to be on any art school syllabus, I was inspired and educated by this intoxicating environment. Is drinking in proximity to Andy Warhol an education?
After completing this portrait series, I moved to Paris for six years, where I taught at the American Center and had portrait sittings with presidents, aristocrats, etc..