Periodically one Cincinnati Post staff photographer or the other was assigned to travel “out to the county”. We had bureaus in Butler and Clermont Counties and they were staffed by reporters that we would meet up with.In Clermont it was Tom Fortney. Early on it was necessary to drive out SR 32 to get to the bureau office, and in those days there was precious little except a car dealership. It was very rural. On one of my trips,, and after picking up Tom, we happened upon these two farmers pulling a tractor out of a muddy field the old fashioned way.
When I started at the Cincinnati Post in 1974 we were located at 800 Broadway. The building was originally designed and built for the Cincinnati Time-Star. It exists today to serve functions of the Juvenile Court system but a lot of the physical references to it’s days as a newspaper producer remain.
When I was informed that I would be hired, visions of Nikons and lenses began to dance in my head. The reality was that Jack Klumpe, the Chief Photographer and my boss handed me a used Nikon with a 35mm lens and instructions to go to Provident Camera where they would let me sign for a film loader. No little yellow and green boxes of Tri-X. We spooled our own film from 100′ rolls.
Early on in new job at the Post I took a walk downtown and encountered this fellow gracefully painting a doorway. It was and remains one of my favorites. It will be part of White People: A Retrospective.
After a meeting with Ellen Lindeman, Director of the Kennedy Heights Art Center in 2010 regarding a future project involving students, I mentioned my idea about doing an exhibit that would feature photographs of white people.Since my retirement at the end of 2007 I had worked on several small projects involving photography but I wanted to do something that really challenged me. The last one man show I had done was in 2004 when I was the Duncanson Artist in Residence at the Taft Museum of Art. In the latter part of 2010 I began the task of looking through negatives to assess what I had that would be candidates for the exhibit that would show one photographer’s coverage and encounters. In the coming days prior to the April 30 opening of White People:A Retrospective I’ll post and write about some of the photographs that will be included in the exhibit.