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Men like Me
Jay, Bill In 2003 Bill Jay moved to a small seaside town in Southern California. It is a laid-back, tolerant kind of place where an assortment of ex-hippies, surfers, bikers, Vietnam vets and old men make the beach and the alleys their home. His daughter, regarding his new surroundings, remarked: ?You ?t right in here, Dad, there are a lot of old geezers here who look like you.? In other words, over-the-hill, sartorially challenged men with abundant facial hair. So began the wonderful project that is Men Like Me. But these are not voyeuristic images snapped by a detached observer. There is a great deal of warmth and respect in these pictures, and a humor that conveys the spirit of both the photographer and the photographed. Whenever possible, Jay gave his ?sitters? a copy of their portrait; one day he was led to an alley room near the beach, often used as a refuge. There were all the prints, taped to the wall for an exhibition self-deprecatingly entitled ?The Wall of Shame.? An immensely readable introductory essay by Bill Jay tells the rest of the story.
ISBN: 1-59005-134-3 Hardcover, 6 1/2 x 9, 52 pages, 40 duotone and four-color plates.