Well, not really. But close. In October, I had two books out -- Eagles: Taking It to the Limit (from Running Press) and The Rice Room: Growing Up Chinese American (a reissue, with new material and a photo gallery) from University of California Press.
Now, there's San Francisco and the Bay Area: The Haight-Ashbury Edition. It's a book of photographs by Dick Evans, published by his own photography site, In Transit Images, along with The Booksmith, the indie shop on Haight Street.
I wrote the foreword to the book, along with intros for the three main segments: The Haight, the city of San Francisco, and the greater Bay Area.
So, no, it's not my book. But it is my kind of book. Just as with the Robert Altman photo collection, The Sixties, I related to the images and was happy to add a few words. In the case of Evans' book, it's mostly to praise his work, which is extraordinary -- especially considering that he took up photography on a serious level only after a long, successful career as a business executive.
As I say in the foreword, Dick Evans sees things differently. Murals and store signs along Haight Street; landmarks and gatherings around town; natural beauty up and down the California coast are captured with love and creativity, often framed as if he was the first to see a scene a certain way.
Evans also does things differently, publishing his book on a DIY basis, and selling it primarily online and at The Booksmith, which is owned by his daughter, Christin and her husband Pavreen. Meantime, his site, intransitimages.com, promotes fellow photographers' work. And his book, carrying a friendly price tag of $29.95, celebrates a neighborhood, a city and a region we all love.
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