Click to enarge - QUARTET 4


In the Seventies, many young people were becoming increasingly politicized by the Viet Nam war but I saw little or no sign of this in Venice. Yet, only twenty miles away in Los Angeles, protest gatherings were commonplace. My Peace Rally section shows one such event which took place only a few months after these Venice photos were made.
In Venice, there was music everywhere. Because of an apparent communal

willingness to accept the bongo drum as a musical instrument, musicians were in abundant supply. The bongo drummers were almost exclusively male, often accompanied by female companions with expressionless faces. I sometimes wondered if behind their masks, they harbored hopes that the bongo would soon be replaced by something with more in the way of earning potential.

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