I/Eye: On Photography

My landlord

Posted in portraits by Sheila Newbery on August 7, 2009

For a little over a year, I worked out of a palatial studio in West Oakland. It had a roll-up door that gave out onto a ‘backyard’, a truck-stop and a fennel forest, and it was right next door to Magnolia Editions. The studios in our building, an old shipping supply warehouse, were filled with artists of all sorts: painters, sculptors, photographers, ceramicists, print-makers, you name it.

The landlord of this bohemian barrack was Jason. He was nuts for cameras. He crafted a lensboard for my 5×7 Kodak Century View, admired its elegant old bones, and willingly sat for several portraits. Here’s one of them.


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