Caption Contest(s)

Since 2005, The New Yorker¬†magazine has been running a caption contest. Every week, they post one of their iconic cartoons with no caption. They invite readers to submit caption ideas, then select the top three and allow readers to vote for the final caption. Some of my Street People pictures, it turns out, have a similar potential. How do I know this? Lately, I’ve been posting images from my Street People books on…

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We interrupt this broadcast for the following special announcement For the next few days, I’m discounting the eBook version of Street People: Invisible New York Made Visible to $0.99.* Yes folks, $0.99! You, too, can be the proud owner of this strikingly illustrated account of 1970s New York City street life for just one cent less than a dollar! That’s $5 off the regular price of the eBook (still a bargain at $5.99)…

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Covered

When it comes to people, it’s usually bad form to metaphorically “judge a book by its cover.” But in the realm of actual books, it’s the norm. As I believe it should be. An effective book cover signals many aspects of the book itself: the professionalism of the author and publisher, the genre, and the essence of what’s inside. The cover accomplishes all this through title and subtitle, typographical choices, imagery, background colors…

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Take a Walk on the Wild Side

In 1974, a year out of college, I landed in Manhattan. Five years later, I left. From the vantage point of my current age, 71, five years seems like a fleeting interval. But looking back, I see that these particular five were among the most formative in my life. While I worked an assortment of jobs, I roamed the streets with two cameras, a tape recorder, and a notebook, capturing what I saw…

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Pivots

Over the years, I’ve pivoted many times. Maybe you have, too. Most likely something in your life, large or small, reflected the new you. You remodeled your house. You grew a beard — or shaved one off. When your kids went off to college, you moved to a new locale.¬†In the fifteen years I’ve been writing it, this blog / list has reflected my own life pivots. Fasten your seatbelts. It’s about to…

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