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“The car has become an article of dress without which we feel uncertain, unclad, and incomplete in the urban compound.”  MARSHALL McLUHAN

Photo: “Couple in Convertible, Los Angeles” by Garry Winogrand (1964). This is one of street photographer Winogrand’s most famous photographs. Each time I look at this image — shot in Hollywood on the Sunset Strip — I wonder if the driver got into a fight (over his female passenger), a car accident, or had a nose job! That’s the beauty of a great photo — it tells many different stories and captures your attention each time you see the image. Find more about Garry Winogrand (1928-1984) and this photograph at the J. Paul Getty Museum website.


During the past few months, we’ve written posts about Dennis Hopper‘s love of photography. These include several posts about his iconic photograph “Double Standard” and a post about his self-portraits. We’ve noted that much of the daily traffic to the Silver Birch Press blog comes through search engines — and every day people are searching for articles about Dennis Hopper, photographer.

While visiting San Francisco in 1964, Hopper shot the photo reproduced above. Called “The only ism for me is Abstract Expressionism,” the photo speaks volumes about Hopper and the owner of the Plymouth with license plate JQR661.

Hopper’s photos are often witty and filled with irony — and this one is no exception — and he seems to revel in the bumper sticker’s proclamation that, for some, art takes the place of politics, philosophy, and religion. In 1964, most of the people who felt this way drove old (this model is probably from the late 1940s or early 1950s) cars and were proud of it!

For the record, the leading abstract expressionist artists were Jackson Pollack, Willem de Kooning, and Mark Rothko.

Photo: “The only ism for me is abstract expressionism” by Dennis Hopper, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. 


Roll Over Beethoven 

lyrics by Chuck Berry (excerpt)

…Well, early in the mornin’ I’m a-givin’ you a warnin’

don’t you step on my blue suede shoes.

Hey diddle diddle, I’m playin’ my fiddle,

ain’t got nothin’ to lose.

Roll over Beethoven and tell Tschaikovsky the news.

Feel the joy here. (Where’s Ringo? Sick with tonsillitis. Jimmie Nicol sits in for him.) Gotta love the crazy dancin’ audience members (all men!) in this Dutch TV show the Beatles recorded on June 5, 1964.

Art: Todd Hanson, Haight Street, San Francisco (detail)


The day was beautiful and it seemed to him that a long swim might enlarge and celebrate its beauty. He took off a sweater that was hung over his shoulders and dove in. He had an inexplicable contempt for men who did not hurl themselves into pools.”

From “The Swimmer” by John Cheever, originally published in The New Yorker, July 18, 1964.

Photo: Shot by Silver Birch at rooftop pool, Koreatown, Los Angeles