love photography. It has always been good to me. It has taken
me to the places I wanted to go, helped me meet some of the
people I wanted to meet, and allowed me to share with others
some of my deepest experiences.
was lucky. In the early days of my career I chose to photograph
people and events that later came to be socially and culturally
significant. But when I was photographing Jim
Morrison in the Hunter College Auditorium, or Janis
Joplin in the Anderson Theater on New York's Lower East
Side, neither event had, then or now, any meaning for me beyond
my momentary love of the music they were creating and the
way they looked creating it. The thrill, the inspiration of
the moment was all there was. To capture a flickering moment
of joyous experience and share it with others - that was the
reason I began photographing in the first place, and that
is still the reason I take pictures today. I was never a fan.
between the beginning and now, the chance to earn a living
at what I loved to do occurred and so I took it and kept taking
it, and to this sort of chance in life, I dedicate this book.
Try to be happy, try to have fun, and try to share this happiness
and fun with those around you, and may God (the universal
experience) expand your conception of happiness to include
helping those near you who need help. And may communication
bring all of us on this planet closer together, closer to
God, closer to each other.
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