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Brad Elterman

it seemed like an idyllic lifestyle that you were seeing thorough your lens? but was there sadness too? do you still have many friends from that time?

Sadness? Never. It was all one big party. We were all so young back then and thought that we would live forever. No one missed a free meal or a free drink, no one got AIDS and no one ever considered getting old. It was a party that lasted for a solid decade. I have a few friends who I stay in touch with from that period. I use the word "friends" very selectively since L.A. is a town where you are lucky if you can count your true friends on one hand. I am still close with Steve Jones from the Sex Pistols. I had dinner with Steve the other evening and if I ever have something on my mind and need to speak to someone, he is a great listener and a good mate. I am still in touch with a couple of girlfriends from back then. They are married and still gorgeous. So many of our friends did not make it and I miss them. One of them was Richard Creamer  a brilliant eccentric photographer who was my greatest inspiration in the photo industry.  what made you think photography was for you? who or what inspired you? what was your first camera and do you still use it?

I was and still consider myself a bit shy. The camera was a way for me to gain access to people who I worshiped. At first the camera was between us, but eventually I got to know many of these people and we became friends. I took a darkroom class at summer camp and I was hooked. At the same time some of the greatest bands, British bands, were coming to Los Angeles. So there I was, camera in hand and a backstage pass to the Roxy Music concert. I was in heaven.   I did not even have a camera so I had to borrow my brother's camera. It was a Canon with just one lens. I eventually bought a Canon AE 1 and saved up for the power winder. I will never forget how excited I was to have my first motor drive/ power winder! It was euphoric! 

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