On October 1, 2003, Radio K had been on the air ten years.
Sunday night, October 5, a reception was organized for alumni/ae. Ali
Lozoff and others had come back to volunteer and help current Radio K
students produce an extravaganza of local events across town, and this
night was going to be the closest thing to a reunion. I knew there
would be a lot of Radio K people there, perhaps not to be seen again
for a long time, so I brought a camera.
when making a portrait of someone, I take dozens of pictures, most of
which are never seen again, then select one or two. I try to catch the
person's vibe and help them feel a little less uncomfortable with the
wierd thing of being in front of that relentless eye at the front of
the little black box -- and under all those lights. It's a bit of
theater I enjoy as well as a moment that lets me gauge just how anxious
a person is about having their picture taken.
night, I wanted to have tech in hand but leave a little something to
chance. I decided to try exposing just one frame of film of each person
who sat for a portrait (unless I saw them blink). The 57 final images
are from a total of only 72 exposures.
the reception that evening, Arden Durham was upstairs shooting
interviews for her documentary on Radio K, which I can't wait to see. I
had volunteered evenings and weekends that summer working with students
and staff at Radio K to coordinate interviews with people who had
worked there in its ten years, and to help shape the interviews into
short spots that aired discussing Radio K's history. So, many of the
people in these photographs had just been interviewed -- either some
minutes earlier by Arden, or some weeks earlier by a current Radio K
student -- about what it was like when they were there.
A lot of people give their time and insight to keep Radio K on the air. Here are 57 of them -- a few of the real people who do real college radio.
video: Paris Journal
video: self sound orchestra
south side of Third Avenue Bridge, Minneapolis, August 2002
podcast: deck of cards
Roosevelt Place, Detroit
Radio K people
Paris Holocaust Memorial
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Police Telephone Matt Gonzalez for Mayor Department of Electricity
April 4, 2006
rue de rivoli, paris, 4eme
El Toro Taqueria
shopping cart California Bank
Taqueria La Cumbre