Rick Schatzberg is a photographer living and making work in Brooklyn, New York and Norfolk, Connecticut. He received his MFA in Photography from the University of Hartford in 2018. Rick holds a degree from Columbia University in Anthropology (1978), played French horn with Cecil Taylor’s jazz ensemble in Ohio and New York City in the 1970s, and was a business executive and entrepreneur in the New York metropolitan area for many years. In 2015 he completed a one-year certificate program at the International Center of Photography. In the same year his first monograph, Twenty Two North (self-published), was awarded first prize at Australia’s Ballarat Foto International Biennale.
After two old friends died unexpectedly, I spent the next year and a half photographing our remaining group of a dozen men. Now in our 66th year, we have been close since early childhood. I collected vintage photos that tell the story of this shared history and use them to introduce each individual as they are today. With a view camera and natural light, I searched for what connects the boy to the man. I mix text with images to plumb the waters of memory, loss, friendship, and mortality as we reach the threshold of old age. As I made final edits for a book, yet another of The Boys died. We are now eleven.
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