As a young man of eighteen, photographer Ho Fan had just moved with his family from Shanghai to Hong Kong in order to escape the pressures of Communism. Still mending from the wounds of World War II, the people of Hong Kong enchanted the artist, drawing him from the routine studio setting and into the streets, which were at that time populated mainly by venders and construction workers. He shot this particular image in 1949.
Patti Smith, Bowery 1976
Dictators, Bowery 1976
Forty years ago, the coffee shop on Bleecker and Bowery where David Godlis and I are sitting was a vacant lot. Across the street from the vacant lot was the legendary rock club CBGB-OMFUG. Opened by Hilly Kristal in 1973, it brought to life not only the now iconic punk sound exemplified by artists like Television, the Ramones, Patti Smith, and Blondie, but the street photography of David Godlis. After going to school in Boston, the born-and-bred New Yorker returned to the city to land a job as a photography assistant. In his off-hours, he found himself looking for a place to hang out. That place ended up being CBGB.