In 1975

The Band arrives at Stanford University.
The Band arrives at Stanford University.

A few of you asked me if I would show my very early work. My black and white work.

This isn’t my very earliest work. But, it’s sort of close. If I’m not mistaken I was still in college. But, I was almost done. Ready to graduate. I was freelancing around the Bay Area. In California. And, looking for newspaper work.

This picture was taken in 1975. Not at my school, which was San Jose State University. It was taken at Stanford University. In Palo Alto.

With yesterday being Bob Dylan’s 75th Birthday, I thought this was the picture to publish today. The Band. Arriving at their concert less than six months before they retired from touring in San Francisco. At Winterland. Their last concert is known as “The Last Waltz.” It featured famous musicians of the time. And, today. Folks like Neil Young, Eric Clapton, Dr. John, Joni Mitchell. And, many more.

Prior to that, The Band was still touring. So, they came to Stanford. They were the main act. I cannot for the life of me remember who opened the show. In those days, things weren’t so packaged. They weren’t so controlled. They rolled through the crowd on an old fire engine. That would never happened today. You couldn’t get close to them now. Not like this.

While many of you might not know these guys, they were famous. A heavy weight band. They recorded with Bob Dylan. They were his touring band. They wrote songs that were symbolic of the time. People of a certain age still love their music. Earthy. Swampy. Real music.

The picture. Tri-X black and white film. With a Nikon F. Big, heavy SLR. It had a Photomic head, which meant it had an internal light meter. It was manual focus. I processed the film in the darkroom. I made contact sheets. I made prints.

Everyone should do that. At least once.



  1. I’m not sure how readily available darkroom materials are today. And film cameras? I know I have stopped using mine because places that develop E-6 have become few and far between. Your point is an excellent one about everyone having the darkroom experience, all the way from developing to printing!
    Love the shot of The Band’s entrance, but I’m sure that’s a security nightmare by today’s standards. 🙂


    1. Very available. If there is an old school camera store locally, likely they’ll have chemistry and some film, at least for black and white work. Slide film is another story. There are plenty of places to buy it, but good processing is harder to find. There are pretty well know labs in Orange County, California and in Birmingham, Alabama. Unfortunately, to get what they call tiff scans it costs about $50 a rolls between processing and scanning. Smaller files are less expensive.

      Film cameras are all over Ebay and in smaller shops. You can buy what were state of the art cameras for pennies on the dollar.

      Yeah. That wouldn’t happen today, not with bigger crowds.

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    1. When I worked in Virginia and Winston-Salem we rolled our own. It could be a nightmare if anything like dust ever got in between those little velvet strips. Or, whatever they were.


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