Color obsessed? Need Inspiration? Just want to look at some funky photos? Peak inside.
Books like "Bay Area Graffiti" featuring photographs by Steve Rotman, a.k.a. funkandjazz, and assembled by Chris Brennan, are not easy to produce, but when you can post 7-10 photos a day, after 6 or 7 years, you have a massive collection to choose from. Rotman is certainly the Bay Area's most prolific and knowledgeable photographer on the scene there, but it wasn't easy for him getting started. For writers and artists, not only do you want to keep your identity under wraps, but one photograph could let on to others your favorite place to hit up.
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And who are these photographers? Are they trying to make a quick buck off of what you do or are they really interested in working with you, for you, and by your side? No doubt, it took Rotman time and lots of excellent photographs before writers started emailing him about where to go and what to check out.
It's clear from this massive tome on the Bay Area that Rotman was able to capture spots that few know, and some cannot figure out how to even get to. Before we can even get deep into the book, on page 7, there's a pan of an abandoned building on the Bay with fresh paint on the wall that drops right into the typically too-cold water! The talent, from the artists and writers, to the photographer behind the camera, is palpable..
The photographs are more than straight on shots of a piece or tag, they capture moments in the region's cities; shots of Ribity's signature frog on a rooftop in Chinatown, pages of tagged up doors in a rainbow of colors, and discarded pieced walls lying on the rocks below the Golden Gate Bridge. To anyone that's been to the Bay Area, the landscape is certainly a good model to wear the art of the region's writers, and Rotman sets the bar high for any up-and-coming photographers that may dare try to surpass him.
Rotman and Brennan were able to collaborate with over 60 artists and writers to produce the book, printing their stories, anecdotes and opinions on the scene every few pages. The forward by Jenks lays the ground for this versatile book, explaining that the "Style here is super eclectic" because "Outcast kids from all over the country come here." Reading the features gives anyone in and outside of the scene a feeling they are being let in on a secret they may have never otherwise known. Who could resist the story from Steel MSK when the stand-out quote is "I broke both of my arms and knocked myself out cold in this junkyard, all by myself."?
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