James Brown

James Brown, San Francisco, 1970

“In 1970, I had to shoot a James Brown New Year’s Eve concert, that is, once I finally made it through his multiple layers of security. He had more security than I had ever seen; everybody checked me out, “What are you doing here? Does James know about this?” Big black guys made me very aware of being a small white guy. But once they approved you, once they brought you in with the “family,” they left you alone, you could shoot what you wanted, and you were golden.”