Sunday, December 14, 2014

Winter vegetation, Brightseat Pond

From a winter walk with Ruth.

First set of images from a new camera.

Woman in red dress with canape

Outtake from an event I covered recently.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Jewish Folk Arts Festival 2014

Photos made on assignment for Washington Jewish Week from the twentieth Washington Jewish Folk Arts Festival. Pictured are musicians from Machaya, Lox and Vodka, the New Klezmer Quintet, and Klezcentricity, some Israeli folk dancers, and a couple of young artists.

Thanks to writer Lisa Traiger and to Rabbi David Shneyer and crew from Am Kolel.

Tuesday, December 09, 2014

Assignment- Christmas lights on the Ellipse

I made these shots of Christmas lights on the National Mall in Washington DC on assignment for RGB Lights, who installed them.

Lovely sight.

Friday, November 28, 2014

Outtake - vision

This image was made photographing a meeting on assignment in DC.

Things lined up... and this time, I saw.

Theodore Bikel 90th birthday performance

The great actor, folk musician, and activist Theodore Bikel gave a performance  to mark his 90th birthday in Washington DC, which I documented as part of a fundraising gala for Moment magazine.

He was, as always, in strong voice, and full of wisdom, energy, and ruach - the breath of a righteous soul.

Also pictured are musician/beat legend David Amram, folksinger Tom Paxton, and Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who were part of this celebration. Not pictured are: Yiddish music maven Zalmen Mlotek, Professor Deborah Tannen and Grammy-winning folksingers Marcy Marxer and Cathy Fink.

Thanks to publisher/editor Nadine Epstein, Johnna Raskin, and Nadiv Marvi of Moment magazine for this opportunity and their help.

Sunday, November 23, 2014

RIP to DC's "Mayor for Life" Marion Barry

Marion Barry, the legendary and controversial Washington DC politician and civil rights activist died early today.

I photographed Mayor Barry many times over the years (he was always 'Mayor Barry,' even as a city council member). Love him or hate him, the city will not be the same without his large presence.

Despite his many and very public flaws, for which he - and the city- paid a price - I always gruffly admired his genuine care, identification with, and representation of the poorest of the poor in our community. This part of him was steadfast and real, and he was deeply loved by the people with the least access to power in DC.

We will not see his like again, and the city will be far less interesting in his absence.

This image, from the last time I photographed him, about 2 years ago, was made in Laborer's Local 657's union hall, in Northeast DC.

Baruch dayan emet. Blessed be the true judge.

Monday, November 10, 2014

Leonard "Doc" Muse - Historic marker for Green Valley Pharmacy

On November 8th, Arlington County dedicated a historical marker to pioneering pharmacist, Howard University graduate Leonard "Doc" Muse, for his over sixty years of service to the community with his Green Valley Pharmacy. He opened the pharmacy for business in 1952.

At ninety years of age, he still works the counter daily, alongside his granddaughter, also a Howard-trained pharmacist.

An enthusiastic crowd was on hand to celebrate and honor Doctor Muse.

Two of my photographs from the Arlington Photographic Documentary Project, circa 1980, are included on the marker, the first time I know of that my work has been on a historical marker.

And to Doc Muse; "bis ein-hunnert-zwänzig!" May you have 120 years.

Dr. Muse in front of Green Valley Pharmacy, 1980. APDP

Piedmont Bluesman | Rick Franklin

Columbia Pike-based Piedmont style blues guitarist and vocalist Rick Franklin recently performed at the dedication of a historical marker to Leonard "Doc" Muse at Green Valley Pharmacy in Arlington.

Rick proudly and ably carries on our regional Piedmont blues tradition pioneered by Blind Blake, Cephas and Wiggins, Archie Edwards, John Jackson, Reverend Gary Davis, and other greats. He regularly performs locally and internationally as an ambassador of this distinctive and lively form of the blues.

In addition to playing a mean guitar and wailin' the blues, he's a great guy.

Photography by Lloyd Wolf

Thursday, November 06, 2014

Beyond the Bus: Operation Understanding DC | artist's book












      Beyond the Bus by Photographs by Lloyd Wolf
      Make Your Own Book

I have created a new artist's book, Beyond the Bus, documenting Operation Understanding DC's summer journey and beyond. The photographs have meaning as individual images, and in sharing the inspiring nature of this transformative education project for African-American and Jewish youth. Please take a look, and learn about the important work promoting justice and tolerance the young people in this program are undertaking. All profits from the book will be donated to OUDC.

Wednesday, November 05, 2014

Election night assignment to cover Hogan for Governor HQ

Thanks to Washington Jewish Week editor Geoffrey Melada for the assignment. It was a long night, but all got done.

Miracles of modern technology.

Republican governor-elect Hogan.