Sunday 14 July 2019

Con Sahara al Hombro - Sogamoso, Boyacá, Colombia 1984

Jorge Lozano, Filmmaker, Auteur, Algonquin Island - Toronto 1993

Robert Frank at work, San Francisco CA, 1984

This image was taken in July of 1984 at the time of the Democratic National Convention in San Francisco, California. 
The great photographer was covering events taking place outside of Moscone Center, punk music, protest theatre and all sorts of unconventional doings. I saw him working the crowds, taking informal shots but could not quite put a name to the face that I had seen in pictures some time before in my life.
After gathering my courage I approached him and told him that his face looked familiar and wanted to know who he was. He said very nonchalantly "I am Robert Frank". 
After that the only possible thing I could do was to ask him if he would allow me to take his portrait. He agreed with the condition that I should do it quickly because, and this is a direct quote: "I hate posing"

    Photograph © Lalo Borja                                                                                                  

Retrato de Harold Alvarado Tenorio. San Fernando, Cali 1995

By Jack Peilow, ten years had passed since...

This shot was part of a series that young Jack did at the time and was entirely related to beards.  Jack went around town asking men to pose...