Somewhere I have negatives from a baseball game in 1974 that include shots of my favorite player. (Picking a favorite player was a very important decision for a young wannabe ballplayer.) Yesterday, Bobby Murcer of the New York Yankees died after battling brain cancer for the past year and a half.
Somewhere I have negatives from the summer (of 1975) after graduating from high school of a bunch of kids hanging out, striking poses, playing softball — doing what kids do during a summer in the city. Today is the 30th anniversary of the death of my friend Jay Karabel, who was killed in a motorcycle accident.
Somewhere I have negatives that I spent hours in the darkroom printing from the period when my interest in photography really stepped up (1975-1980). I heard the news this week that my frequent partner during those darkroom sessions, my friend John Ratjen, died on March 8, 2007 after a long bout with brain cancer.
Remember where you put those negatives. Remember what is important. Remember your friends.
Photo by Benjamin Kabak
Rick Brandt, John Ratjen, Gio Cocca, circa 1980, Bronx, NY.