Brisbee, Arizona: 1980.
Hardcover. Quarto. Measuring 9.5" x 11.5". Green leatherette album with "Bisbee 1980" written on a card on the front board. Contains 159 black and white or color gelatin silver photographs measuring around 3.5" x 5", with captions. Very good album with some mustiness and age toning with fine photographs.
A photo album kept by an amateur photographer capturing his hippie punk friends in Arizona through the year of 1980. The album begins with a laid-in flyer for the “Third Annual Punk Parky” and postcards from Brisbee, Arizona. Following this are photos from a bonfire party with images of friends and family posed around a camp fire, hiking, and enjoying the sights of Messiah Point. The next section is from “Newborn’s Mud Party.” Newborn was the African-American host of a party which consisted of him using a garden hose in a field to create mud puddles for people to roll around in. A series of photos of a woman named “Angel” shows her smiling and posed covered in mud. “Telephone Tom’s Party” is photographed here with men partaking of marijuana, drinking, and posing for photos. They went to the Bisbee Bike (bicycle) Race which begins with two friends riding in on a motorcycle. The racers are seen at the starting line with the crowd looking on and a caption reading “there [sic] off.” Throughout the album candids are seen of friends and family at parties, at camps sites, and the bike race through the eyes of an amateur photographer. One black and white photograph shows a crowd around a car with one man in a baseball hat moving towards the camera with the caption “come in to break my camera and face true story.” A black and white section of photos shows people laughing and talking at a 4th of July party and parade. One of these photos shows a close up of two men leaning on each other; another shows a smiling woman with beaded braids. Other parties are seen with birthday celebrations, horseshoe playing, skinny dipping, and copious amounts of booze. The final page shows a collage of the compiler's photography.
An interesting look at an amateur photographer’s work capturing parties and friends in Arizona in 1980.