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Seldin's exhibit in Santa Fe of counterculture icons was featured in Pasatiempo, the Santa Fe culture magazine, and is excerpted here.


September 10, 1999


Celebrating the portraits of turbulent times

By Lynn Cline


Scott Seldin ended up in some pivotal places during the 1970s, taking portraits of provocative personalities who expressed intense creativity.


Seldin didn't plan for his photographs to document the decade following the vibrant and violent anti-establishment revolution that rocked the '60s.


In retrospect, however, his black and white images of American icons celebrate the liberated energy and poetic passion that could only have been born of such turbulent times.


His portraits shot in New York City include one of Muhammad Ali at Madison Square Garden in 1978, when Ali was training for a fight with Leon Spinks; one of Allen Ginsberg after a 50th-birthday reading at Chumley's in the West Village; and one of William S. Burroughs at a bookstore in the East Village in 1978.


Seldin also photographed Patti Smith in concert in 1975 at a small club in Roslyn, N.Y., and on New Year's Eve, in 1976, at the Filmore East in Manhattan. Seldin caught Bruce Springsteen giving a surprise performance of Heartbreak Hotel in 1976 during a Robert Gordon concert at New York University.


Seldin snapped Professor Longhair's portrait in 1976, following a concert the musician gave at NYU. And the photographer captured a powerful image of Bob Marley in a 1980 concert in Madison Square Garden. His portraits of Marley are part of the Bob Marley Museum in Kingston, Jamaica.

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