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James Brown, NYC, 1979


James Brown - Living in New York City, you have to be keen on where you walk and shoot. A photographer loaded down with equipment is an easy mark. I got a call from James Brown's record label to photograph him in Harlem for a benefit street concert. Cool, except the publicist said I better take the subway since the blocked-off streets prevented a taxi from getting anywhere close to the stage. I put everything I needed in a brown paper bag and took the subway up to the shoot; no one suspected that I was a photographer. The concert was incredible and the huge audience loved him. I got great preference shots for the label and I wanted to do something different. I went back stage when a song was over and yelled out 'James!' He turned around, saw me, and smiled. -- Richard E. Aaron

Plus-X 125ASA 1/125sec. f/11 24mm lens. Available light.

Photograph printed from the original film or digital file.
Hand-Signed/Estate Stamped by the Photographer or Estate.
Limited Edition Available in Select Sizes.
Accompanied by a Certificate of Authenticity.

James Brown, NYC, 1979 - Morrison Hotel Gallery
  • Blues
  • Pop
  • Rock
  • Soul
  • James Brown
  • Richard E. Aaron