On January 3, 2017, John Van Beekum, editor of the 1977 Austin Book of Days appointments calendar, began a year-long effort to re-issue the images on Instagram. He began with the published 1977 cover with Stanley Farrar’s Lake Travis image. Click here or the photo to visit John’s page on the Instagram site.
Links to the individual images are below.
John and I plan to post Instagrams at the rate of one or two pages each week throughout 2017 until we have the entire book available. Also, I will be sharing them on my Facebook page.
To see the Instagram posts up-to-date, search Instagram for #1977AustinBookOfDays. (These look best when viewed in a web browser on a desktop computer.) If you have never signed into Instagram, you can do so with your Facebook account. To see the Instagram posts as they appear, follow @jvb723. Please feel free to Like/Comment/Share any of the 1977 pages on Instagram and FaceBook, if you are so moved.
When we post an image, we hope to include information from the photographer in the accompanying blurb, what their life was like then or since, if they have continued to live la vida fotográfica or not.
By the way, we are not posting scans of original images, just copies of the duotone images as printed with Ave Bonar’s calligraphy and the binding punches.
Sadly, six of the 1977 group have passed away: Russell Lee, Jimmy Jalapeeno (aka Jim Bonar), Reagan Bradshaw, Nancy Jane Reid, Michael Contristano and Wess (no last name). If any of the missing photographers listed below have passed away, please let me know.
We do not know the whereabouts for some photographers. If you’re in contact with C. J. Simmons, Marty Friedman, Mark Johnson, William Lamar or Harry Boyd, please let me know or ask them to contact one of us.
Here are the photographers. Again, to see the photos, find jvb723 on Instagram.
0-Linda Kerr (now Linda Hardy)
1-Nancy Goldfarb (now Nancy LeNoir)
11-Phyllis Frede (now Phyllis Patrick)
15-Christy Ott (now Christy Stebbins)
17-John Douglas Bowles
25-Melinda Wickman (now M. A. Swearingen)
37-J. B. Colson
50-John R. Van Beekum
Notes-1-Michael Penn Smith