Who Are These People You’d Like to Know?
Herb Wise has assembled a handsome volume of black and white photographs that he shot in the sixties, seventies, and eighties, People You’d Like to Know: Legendary Musicians Photographed by Herb Wise. Pictured are musicians from that time period, many of whom are long forgotten or unknown (except to those in the music world), some of whom are still working their craft.
Wise was a regular at music festivals where he photographed a variety of blues, folk, and rock artists. James Taylor, Joan Baez, David Bowie, Blondie, Arlo Guthrie, Bob Dylan, and Jackson Browne are but a few of his subjects. His lens also captured two little girls who were regular attendees at festivals—Rosanna and Patricia Arquette.
In addition to his work at music festivals, Wise has included quite a few photos of New Orleans music legends, including Dr. John and the Preservation Hall Jazz Band. There are some posed photos, performance photos, and lots of candid shots.
A few sentences accompany each performer’s picture, leaving the reader hungry to learn more of both the subjects and the time period. There are no formal portraits; Wise photographed people living their lives, whether working, relaxing, or goofing off, providing an intimate view of real people as opposed to posturing models. The overall effect of People You’d Like to Know is similar to a personal scrapbook of family and friends, cherished photographs collected over a long period of time.