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Death in Venice
“I love the smell of urine in the morning, it reminds me of North Venice beach. The first place in America where a woman could wear a bathing suit in public, a man could go without a hat, where a person could pee in public without being arrested. The place where Kerouac, Burrows and John Wilber spoke while Charlie Parker played saxophone, where Morrison and Krieger pondered the doorway to the other side, where Charlie Chaplin built a ginger bread court for his mother, and W.C. Fields one for himself. Where you could get alcohol during prohibition, heroin during the fifties and sixties, crack in the eighties, and Meth in the new millennium. Where art meets crime. Where Arnold made pumping iron into Gold. Where you can see a man balance a stove on his chin while juggling chain saws. Break-dancing, roller-skating, and of course skate boarding. The slum by the sea, Dog Town.”
– Robin G. Brown
“Panos did not go to Venice Beach to take pictures. He was already there. There was no escape. Locked down. Stuck. California dreaming.
Narcissistic, sarcastic, irreverent, hedonistic, decadent, satiric, ironic, paranoid, and flat out soulful, Panos is at the center of his own photographs. This is a good sign, for he lives inside his own work. Bring the boy another beer.
Death in Venice is a collection, a kaleidoscope, a myriad of mirrors, a massive mind spinning vortex. Get a grip on it. Or not. He doesn’t care.
– David Alan Harvey / Magnum Photos
THANK U NOTE:
Homer, Nietzsche, Zorba, Hunter, Theodoros, Harvey, Frida…. where do I start?
EASY, DavId Alan Harvey, my mentor, brother, family
BTW this book is dedicated to Scotty (vet) and all of the vampires and souls
that create the Venice vortex.
To all Pirates, you know who you are! Thanks for the couches, floors,
Bong hits, love, etc..
Each of you are a part of every picture. Carry it with you, as I will forever!
EXTRA LOVE to:
Vissaria~ You are the future!!!!
Maria~ Strong as a bird,
Mom & Dad biggest hug,
Kim my awesome wife, and Meredith, my super supportive mother in law…
(thank u ALL for endless support……)
LOLA~ Not last by any means. My Ghandi, my Buddha, my meditation, my companion.
BURN MAGAZINE CREW~ Anton (THANK YOU FOR OUT OF THIS WORLD DESIGN), Diego YOU DA MAN, Haik……no words… RYAN! Oh Ryan what would I be without you? and FRANCESCA Gennari the killer associate producer…
PEACE TO ALL!!!!!!! ENJOY!!!!!!!
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