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Art Bergmann - Remember His Name
Monday, July 31, 2017





My thickest file of negatives is not what many who might peek at my blog every once in a while think it is. 

My thickest file contains portraits I have taken since the late 70s of Art Bergmann. In many ways I have begun to understand that we have a couple of things in common. A third one is debatable.

Art Bergmann and yours truly have remained faithful to one woman (His Sherri, my Rosemary). Both of us have had long careers where we have managed not to disappear into oblivion.

Where I cannot match Bergmann (my debatable from above) is that my love of photography does not compare to his extreme passion for what he does. His passion may have been compromised a few times (if not many) by substance abuse. But from his fresh hell (as he might say and has) he has emerged somehow untouched and the better man.

As an example I will place here three videos (not one of his earliest which is available if you look for it). One is a video in which Bergmann incorporates his wedding to Sherri in Mexico. It is this one

Then there is a wildly dissonant version of one my fave Bergmann tunes, Remember Her Name, at the Wise Hall. I was present, back stage for that performance. 


Art Bergmann backstage at the Wise Hall with Stephen Drake

The third one, quite recent, shows him playing A Town Called Mean on acoustic guitar with Paul Rigby and he may be confused (am I? I am not sure) as a folk singer.

If you consider that this man may have been playing a purist’s punk style by 1975 and then you listen A Town Called Mean you have at least a 40 year career where he has not banged on the old drum but emerged every time with something new. And at all times he has not sold himself to any industry and remained faithfully himself (as he almost said once).

I tell people that I am taking some of the best photographs of my life right now. I get no reaction. But at the very least I have a role model. His name is Art Bergmann.

For anybody who might not understand that second image, I used a Widelux swivel lens panoramic with very fast film and counted on the mirror's help.




     

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3/26/17 - 4/2/17

4/2/17 - 4/9/17

4/9/17 - 4/16/17

4/16/17 - 4/23/17

4/23/17 - 4/30/17

4/30/17 - 5/7/17

5/7/17 - 5/14/17

5/14/17 - 5/21/17

5/21/17 - 5/28/17

5/28/17 - 6/4/17

6/4/17 - 6/11/17

6/11/17 - 6/18/17

6/18/17 - 6/25/17

6/25/17 - 7/2/17

7/2/17 - 7/9/17

7/9/17 - 7/16/17

7/16/17 - 7/23/17

7/23/17 - 7/30/17

7/30/17 - 8/6/17

8/6/17 - 8/13/17

8/13/17 - 8/20/17

8/20/17 - 8/27/17

8/27/17 - 9/3/17

9/3/17 - 9/10/17

9/10/17 - 9/17/17

9/17/17 - 9/24/17

9/24/17 - 10/1/17

10/1/17 - 10/8/17

10/8/17 - 10/15/17

10/15/17 - 10/22/17