Thanks to Maarten Massa, who graciously offers six specimens he obtained from the archives of the San Francisco Examiner, readers can not only view excellent photographs of Leonard Cohen taken early in his career but also garner insight into manual (i.e., sans software) image editing.
…When the back of a photograph is more telling than the front (even if it has LC on it)… aka The Days Before The Photoshop Era. I especially like photo #1 because of the way it has been manipulated with white paint to make a good shot for the newspaper… (front and back make a perfect “Before and After”). I always wanted to publish these 6 pics one way or another because I consider them one of the best series of pics in my collection…
This excerpt is from the blurb describing the Examiner Archives:
These photographs originate from the historic archive of William Randolph Hearst’s San Francisco Examiner newspaper. In addition to being the flagship of Hearst’s newspapers, it was his original paper which he took over in 1887, and was the basis for the 1941 Orson Welles film, Citizen Kane. Most of the photographs have editors notes and crop marks as these were the original photos used in the production of this prestigious newspaper. In essence, these photographs are original art. Also, most if not all have the Examiner date stamp on the verso and a clipping of the original article the photograph was used in.
The only changes made from the original scans of the photos in posting them here has been to reduce the size of the images to fit within the constraints of a web page and, in the case of the photo atop this post, to add a border. Otherwise, the markings, smudges, and scribbles are unaltered.
San Francisco Examiner Leonard Cohen Photo Archives Specimen #1
Photo Front (atop post): Dated 1970
Photo Back (below): The bottom line of the caption reads: Chaos around him
Note: Originally posted Aug 22, 2011 at 1HeckOfAGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric