I always enjoy discovering photographers I hadn't known about before. After I posted a picture of John Lennon I found on Google a few weeks ago, it took some while and the help of several readers to identify the photographer as Ethan Russell, who I'd never heard of. Turns out he's also the photographer who took this famous shot of Keith Richards of the Rolling Stones. Although superficially in the nature of a joke shot, the picture retains its sense of menace after all these years, and highlights the cultural divide that has continued to distort the American polity (at least) ever since. Ethan Russell is one of two new-to-me photographers I've discovered recently.
Coincidentally, Keith Richards' new autobiography, which one review called "this autumn's best entertainment," is the #1 bestselling book on Amazon right now. Although I haven't read it (I'm reading Mark Twain's—but watch out, that is one huge, heavy book), the reviews report that a lifelong affection for heroin hasn't adversely affected Keith's memory. Here's the U.K. link.
Prints of this picture can be purchased for $1,000–$9,910, depending on size.
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Featured Comment by Chuck Albertson: "I was reading Keef's autobio on a flight home from NYC last night, and was laughing so much I was afraid the crew were going to divert to Minot and have me taken away. At Amazon's price, you should buy two and give a copy to a friend."
Featured Comment by Rob Atkins [reacting to Chuck's comment]: "I was on a flight home to Vancouver from Dallas on Wednesday night. The Richard's autobiography was definitely the hit of flight 887. I thought I had wandered into a book club meeting."