Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Photog Recalls The Swingin’ Sixties

SAN FRANCISCO (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – One flashy photographer is having a psychedelic time recalling the swingin’ sixties.

Professional photog Robert Altman – whose photos have appeared in publications like Rolling Stone, Entertainment Weekly, and People magazine for decades – has just compiled some of his favorite original photos for his new book, The Sixties (Santa Monica Press), and Altman says looking at his old, hippie era work is a real trip.

Altman says his pictures of flower children, political protests, and music icons like Jim Morrison, Janis Joplin, and Jerry Garcia, remind him of his days as a young photographer, when he saw politics and society change in front of his lens.

Says Altman: “I caught a lot of chaos on my camera, and I knew back then that the stuff I was shooting was really important. The sixties were about a lot of people with messages to share, and I wanted to capture it all.”

And Altman’s photo gig came with some groovy perks, especially when he was able to photograph legendary artists.

Altman recalls, “I wangled my way into a Rolling Stones recording session once, and took pictures while we smoked joints and listened to ‘Let It Bleed.’ I was so starstruck and excited, but I kept it cool!”

The Sixties swings into stores September 28.

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