Will Yurman

Gothic coolness

I finally made it to the Rochester International Jazz Festival last night.

It was cloudy and chilly. A few hundred people milled around Gibbs Street, and most wore jackets or sweatshirts. Smoke from vendors’ booths drifted down past Eastman Theatre, and a line snaked around the corner for David Murray's Black Saint Quartet in Kilbourn Hall. The sight of the crowds made me happy.

Days are where we live

Thanks for visiting my blog.

Last week I mentioned photographer Will Yurman’s show at the George Eastman House. Yurman spent 2007 documenting the lives of all the murder victims in Rochester, NY.

Having seen and heard his work, I have a deep sense of admiration for his dedication, skill, and artistic sensitivity.

Will Yurman’s multimedia project is here:

http://www.democratandchronicle.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AI...

Everyone should see it. If you're short on time, skip to Norman Williams' picture in the lower left corner and just listen to his mother, Alpha.

If you live in Western New York, you can see an interview with Will on WXXI TV’s "Need to Know" tonight at 9:00 p.m. or Sunday afternoon at 12:30 p.m. on channel 21 or cable channel 11.

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Days are where we live

I’ve been busier than usual at work and pretty happy about it.

This week I filed a feature story for NPR, interviewed guitarist Sharon Isbin, and listened to about forty audio tributes to homicide victims. The last thing was not at all fun, and I still have ten more to go. I’m preparing to interview photographer Will Yurman, who spent 2007 documenting the lives of all the murder victims in a single year in Rochester, NY.

Imagine. Everytime someone was murdered, Will drove his gear to the neighborhood, the house, the cemetery.

Watching people talk about death for hours on end brought to my mind this short Philip Larkin poem: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X2bNl91MrQo

Will Yurman’s multimedia project is here:

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