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I see Stars, Shahs and Princes

1977- 1979

May 1977 saw me thrown out of Rhodesia, under the official secrets act, my moment of glory really as I was assumed to be a champion of peoples rights. Bloody hell all I was trying to do was survive and take good photos, so now I had to decide what to do, continue being serious or not. Terry Fincher, a veteran war photographer helped me make my decision, “Fuck serious stuff” he said, “Go to Hollywood” the advice seemed odd at the time for a serious photojournalist but he was the only option I had who was actually offering any money in advance. I went to Hollywood via Canada using Prince Charles’ Royal visit to pay my trip across the Atlantic. When I went to Hollywood I lived on Sunset Boulevard in West Hollywood, a bit of a shock after a war in Africa. I remember one afternoon travelling Santa Monica Boulevard on my Honda Motorbike and stopping to give a male hitchhiker a ride, he grabbed me around my waist as I asked, “Where do you want to go?“ “Anywhere“ he replied, “But you where Hitching “ I said “You do not understand, do you“ he said. “Ah…” I said, “I think I do.” I dropped him at Barneys Beanery and he explained the situation of West Hollywood, the gay capital of Los Angeles, I had no idea. Fincher was right though and soon I was making money and trying to make sense of it all, roller skating backwards photographing Cher and her daughter Chastity, off to San Jose to photograph the 19 year old Super Tennis Brat John McEnroe, to Mexico for the Shah of Iran after he fled Iran, Alfred Hitchcock in a Beverly Hills Hotel…this was getting crazy man!

Prince Charles Canada 1977
Olympus OM1 Ektachrome
Prince Charles Canada 1977
Olympus OM1 Ektachrome
Prince Charles 1977
Olympus OM1 Ektachrome
Prince Charles 1977
Olympus OM1 Ektachrome
Cher & Chastity Xmas 1977 Olympus OM1 Ektachrome
Cher & Chastity Xmas 1977 Olympus OM1 Ektachrome
Erik Estrada Xmas 1977 Olympus OM1 Ektachrome
Erik Estrada Xmas 1977 Olympus OM1 Ektachrome
Shah of Iran & Empress Mexico 1979 Olympus OM1 Ektachrome
Shah of Iran & Empress Mexico 1979 Olympus OM1 Ektachrome
John McEnroe 1979 Olympus OM1 Kodachrome
John McEnroe 1979 Olympus OM1 Kodachrome
Alfred Hitchcock 1979 Olympus OM1 Kodachrome
Alfred Hitchcock 1979 Olympus OM1 Kodachrome
Edmund “ Moonbeam” Brown in Mexico 1979 Olympus OM 1
Edmund “ Moonbeam” Brown in Mexico 1979 Olympus OM 1
Edmund “ Moonbeam” Brown flying to Mexico 1979 Olympus OM 1
Edmund “ Moonbeam” Brown flying to Mexico 1979 Olympus OM 1
Shirley Bassey in Beverly Hills 1979 Olympus OM 1
Shirley Bassey in Beverly Hills 1979 Olympus OM 1
Mariska Hargitay  at 15 in 1979 Oxnard pre Law & Order  Olypus OM 1
Mariska Hargitay at 15 in 1979 Oxnard pre Law & Order Olypus OM 1
Mariska Hargitay  at 15 in 1979 Oxnard pre Law & Order  Olypus OM 1
Mariska Hargitay at 15 in 1979 Oxnard pre Law & Order Olypus OM 1