THE RECORDING OF SGT. PEPPER

Disenchanted with touring, The Beatles retreated to Abbey Road Studios fifty years ago and began recording their most iconic album ever, Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band. By the time it was released in June ’67, they had made several giant leaps forward in the art of building an LP, cover and all. As always, George Martin helped John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr to lay down the tracks and introduce unusual instrumentation. The result was the world’s first concept album. The rest is history.

(Cover Photographer: Michael Cooper)

I LOVE AUTUMN

“At no other time does the earth let itself be inhaled in one smell, the ripe earth; in a smell that is in no way inferior to the smell of the sea, bitter where it borders on taste, and more honeysweet where you feel it touching the first sounds. Containing depth within itself, darkness, something of the grave almost.”

― Rainer Maria Rilke, Letters on Cézanne

SOCIAL MEDIA RUINING ADVENTURE TRAVEL?

“Are you going on vacation to talk about it or experience it?” “Shouldn’t we get lost in our own thoughts, rather than our phone?”

“Photography has been around for years, but the obsession with likes and dislikes has increasingly blurred people’s judgment about cultural sensitivities.” “Many guests pull out their mobile phones and start connecting with friends and downloading photos as soon as they arrive at the lodges rather than jump in the shower or explore their surroundings, as they used to in the past.” Continue reading “”

THE FIRST DAY OF AUTUMN

September 22nd is almost upon us – a welcome respite from a busy summer photographing and writing for clients. Looking forward to some great fall shoots in the PNW and California in the weeks ahead!

ERNST HAAS TRIBUTE WEEK

1953 First Color Photo Essay – LIFE
1962 First Color Photography Exhibition – MOMA

“As part of this week long tribute to Ernst Haas on the 30th anniversary of his death (September 12, 1986), I share my remembrance on AI-AP/Pro Photo Daily,” says my dear friend and colleague Arthur Meyerson. Arthur was there in 1984 when the opportunity came to travel with Ernst on a photo tour of Japan. That’s where I made this photo of him and our mentor. Continue reading “”

THE DOORS FIRST ALBUM

On this day 50 years ago, and for the next eight days after that, The Doors recorded their first album at Sunset Sound in Hollywood. That’s where the rock group laid down their distinctive sound on 4-track tape with producer Paul Rothchild and engineer Bruce Botnick. Ray Manzarek, Robby Krieger, John Densmore, and Larry Knechtel all played on the record. Jim Morrison had is own track. Continue reading “”

HOUSTON, WE HAVE A PROBLEM.

Brooke’s Institute in Santa Barbara, CA closed its doors today after 70 years. I suppose it’s not surprising that America’s leading school in photography might fail when support of the arts has declined to such an extent. It’s a very sad sign of the times.

(Photo: Courtesy of NASA)