New York 1969 Press Release


New York 1969 illuminates the city during tumultuous times. The Vietnam war was raging, hippies were getting high and gloomy talk in New York City was of bankruptcy. Richard Blair, in his early twenties, roamed the streets taking in the scene while his father lived in the East Village, performed in off-off Broadway plays and read his poetry to the avant-garde.

There is tremendous interest in the late sixties. Baby-boomers want to revisit their transforming years while later generations are extremely curious about those times. However this book goes further. Richard Blair captures poignant private moments while his father’s poetry  ranges from a magical morning seeing elephants walking down First Avenue to a description of searching for wine on a snowy night.

Richard Blair went on to have a long career in photography on the west coast. His work has been shown in many San Francisco museums. The photo of the World Trade Center and Brooklyn Bridge is in the Brooklyn Museum’s collection, among others.

Color and LIght Editions is no vanity publisher, we have over 70,000 books in print, with 8 titles, and have received many accolades for our books. Here are two statement by prominent California intellectuals:

Kenneth Baker wrote:

“Were I forced, upon moving out of state, to choose one book by which to remember California’s landscape and the photography it has inspired, Inverness camera ace Richard Blair’s would be the one.”

Kenneth Baker,  Art Critic, San Francisco Chronicle, November 20, 2011

‘There are many books of California photography on the market, but in terms of geographical and social inclusiveness, few can equal California Trip by Richard P. Blair and Kathleen P. Goodwin from Color & Light Editions.  It is a book that I have proudly placed in my personal library as a guide to the Golden State.”

-Kevin Starr Historian and State Librarian Emeritus