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New York 1969 : photographs by Richard Blair…

New York 1969 : photographs by Richard Blair poems by Ed Blair

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NEW YORK 1969 The 60s were a time of great change: baby boomers were coming into their own; independent from their parents. The Vietnam war was raging, hippies were getting very high, and gloomy talk in New York City was of bankruptcy. Richard Blair was roaming the streets taking dramatic photographs of the city, while his father Ed Blair was living with the Beats in the East Village, performing in off-off Broadway plays and reading his remarkable poetry to the avant-garde. This book is a collaboration of a father and son, whose work in these different art forms has something in common; a love and respect for the common man, (particularly the vulnerable), whimsy and humor, and a subtle underlying sense of the blues. The photographs were mostly taken in the late sixties and the poems written a few years earlier. It is an unusual pairing, poetry and photography, but the father and son relationship which made this book possible was a deep one. They spent almost three hours talking most nights. Ed had a photographic memory, able to recall practically anything he had read line for line. He was a walking encyclopaedia and a brilliant tutor for Richard. Now over forty years later their work is together in these pages. NEW YORK 1969 illuminates the city during changing times. Anti-Vietnam war protesters burned their draft cards, Times Square was gritty, winos drank in the parks, the Village had cobbled streets. Richard Blair explored the city finding poignant private moments. He immersed himself in his surroundings and honed his ability to react quickly and accurately to the remarkable juxpapositions that New York streets provided. Ed Blair's poetry ranges from a magical morning seeing elephants walking down First Avenue to a description of searching for wine on a snowy night. "A great bulk of a man, open as a sunflower, with a bashful courtesy; his voice carried through the air, and when he sang or recited everybody smiled.

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