New York 1969



“What a very pleasant surprise to receive a copy of your marvelous New York 1969.  What a vivid and poignant rendering of a time and a place.  It is great to have and to be able to add to our collections.  We are grateful.”

– Michael Ryan

Vice President and Director of the Patricia D. Klingenstein Library

New York Historical Society

[New York 1969] will be added to the Museum’s Library, where it will be accessible to scholars, photographers, and the general public.

– Sarah Meister,

Curator, Department of Photography

The Museum of Modern Art

“I just finished a first reading of your fantastic New York 1969 book. I think it will be THE CLASSIC reference book for anyone interested in NY history of the mid 20 century. It's remarkable, and I found the sketches and poetry of Ed Blair most intriguing.”

-Ivan Stern

Bio Chemist

208 pages hardcover with dust jacket 11” x 9”

Printed with two colors of ink: grey and black and a varnish plate to ensure beautiful photographic reproduction. One signature (16 pages) is in color.

An art book with our high quality design.

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The 60s were a time of great change: baby boomers were coming into their own; independent from their parents. The Vietnam war was raging, hippies were getting very high, and gloomy talk in New York City was of bankruptcy. Richard Blair was roaming the streets taking dramatic photographs of the city, while his father Ed Blair was living with the Beats in the East Village, performing in off-off Broadway plays and reading his remarkable poetry to the avant-garde.

This book is a collaboration of a father and son, whose work in these different art forms has something in common; a love and respect for the common man, (particularly the vulnerable), whimsy and humor, and a subtle underlying sense of the blues.

The photographs were mostly taken in the late sixties and the poems written a few years earlier. It is an unusual pairing, poetry and photography, but the father and son relationship which made this book possible was a deep one. They spent almost three hours talking most nights. Ed had a photographic memory, able to recall practically anything he had read line for line. He was a walking encyclopedia and a brilliant tutor for Richard. Now over forty years later their work is together in these pages

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