Zelda • c. 1979
Northern California

Zelda • c. 1979

Northern California

Labor Day Bonus foto:
Postcard from Sète • 8.19.14Sète, France • 2014

Labor Day Bonus foto:

Postcard from Sète • 8.19.14
Sète, France • 2014

Paris Intersection in the Rain — Paris carrefour dans la pluie
5th arr., mon quartier, Paris France • 1994

Paris Intersection in the Rain — Paris carrefour dans la pluie

5th arr., mon quartier, Paris France • 1994

Postcard from Sète — Neighborhood Watch
Sète, France • 8.29.14

Postcard from Sète — Neighborhood Watch

Sète, France • 8.29.14

FR — Réflexions sur Sète • 29 August 2014 

Sète, France

Magic Tree - toverboom— A’dam NL • 1993

Magic Tree - toverboom— A’dam NL • 1993

Rijksmuseum — Amsterdam • 2004
Moving the Rembrants

Rijksmuseum — Amsterdam • 2004

Moving the Rembrants

Rodin’s Balzac, at carrefour Vavin, Paris • 2014 — crossroads of boulevard Raspail & boulevard du Montparnasse, 6th arr.

Rodin’s Balzac at LACMA • 1968
This is the former presentation at Los Angeles County Museum
where it is now displayed among palm trees.

Rodin’s Balzac, at carrefour Vavin, Paris • 2014 — in the most natural and appropriate of the seven settings, where I’ve photographed this magnificent sculpture in the almost 50 years, since I took it as a class project, in portraiture, as a student at LA Art Center… because I wanted to understand how Rodin could imbue that form with dimensions that conveyed the depth of character and power of the man, Balzac.

I came upon Balzac in his milieu, while walking back from photographing the statue of Alfred Dreyfus. It was a surprise because the only edition of this work that i knew of was in Musée Rodin, which is a pretty sculpture garden setting but also artificial. This is the best place, in the world, to see this work, in a natural habitat.

Wall Art? — Sète, France • 2004

Wall Art? — Sète, France • 2004

Postcard From France • 2014 — Monet’s Kitchen
Giverny, France
Note the water faucet over the pitcher at the stove,which brings water to where a cook actually uses it…

Postcard From France • 2014 — Monet’s Kitchen

Giverny, France

Note the water faucet over the pitcher at the stove,
which brings water to where a cook actually uses it…

Decisive Moment — le moment décisif
The street photographer’s bird of prey…

You can’t catch this; you really have to be doing something else when it happens and you’re there… then you either press the button or you don’t. In this case, I was following a Muslim family walking in the crown — shooting for a project  I’ve been working on for over ten years that I call: “Muslim people living normally in Europe.”

It’s my statement against Islamophobia, from what I see of my Muslim neighbors being the regular humans that they are.

The first image is of a little boy acting badly; the second of his big brother  shamed by his need for protection… The mother’s response is universal.

Since I do this work to delight myself, I consider these images the product of a very good day.

These photographs were made yesterday at the Fête de Saint-Louis, Sète’s big end-of-season extravaganza with bands playing until 4am and the regional finals for jousting from boats on the canal. Basically a big all day/all night street party marking the end of the tourist season when my village begins the process of returning to the quasi-quiet fishing village, port and suburb of Montpelier & Beziers that it is after the summer herds of mostly French, Dutch, German, Swedish & British tourists move on.

On August 6th, I posted:

Fr — Paris • 1998
Statue of Alfred Dreyfus
Martyr to reactionary French Catholic Anti-Semitism
Dreyfus triggered France’s move to a secular society.

This is a terrible photograph of a minor statue
to a major figure in French history.
I hope to make a better photograph of it
before this posts either to replace or compare.

I did not manage to accomplish that by the 6th but on the 13th I spent two hours walking from the Marais to this relatively obscure park in Montparnasse where the statue — which  should be prominently displayed in the École Militaire if not the Parthenon — is tucked away; there, a week later than I’d hoped, I spent a couple of hours thinking about Alfred Dreyfus and & making these photographs.

Alfred Dreyfus deserves to be remembered for his extraordinary character and courage not for his victimization.  More to come…jt

New York In Primary Colors
Post Card from Manhattan in the 70s

New York In Primary Colors

Post Card from Manhattan in the 70s

Andrei Voznesensky Toasting Jack Hirschman
at a party San Francisco c. 1980

Andrei Voznesensky Toasting Jack Hirschman

at a party San Francisco c. 1980

Lewis MacAdams
poet & activist

Lewis MacAdams

poet & activist