Barking (For Tad Yamashiro)

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Tad Yamashiro was one of three wonderful mentors I had within my photographic education. Tad was originally the assistant to Diane and Allen Arbus when they had their commercial photo studio before separating and following their own artistic paths. Allen became a well known actor. Diane as we know, became a well known photographer. Tad opened his own successful studio until he decided to follow his own photographic calling, supplementing by teaching at the School of Visual Arts. This is where I met him.

Tad was a powerful personality. Many students warned me against taking his class. Those that remained, said he was wonderful. You’ll never be the same. None of this fortunately scared me off. For me, listening to him was listening to my heart and soul, though as a young man, I could not express as succinctly as him. His class was not about technique. His class was about the images you placed upon the wall and what was filled in, that space between the viewer and the image. My imagery was much more abstract then, but most importantly, it taught me not to be afraid of the emotional interior within. Therein lies your truth. That which is yours and yours only.

About Keith Goldstein

Lives and works in New York City.
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10 Responses to Barking (For Tad Yamashiro)

  1. Susan says:

    Beautiful images. Sounds like a wonderful teacher…would love to take his class.

  2. Sabine says:

    Meeting a teacher who inspires you and makes you feel confident as your professional self is one of the most empowering experiences one can have. I was lucky enough to meet that kind of teacher as a young doctor, a bit more than a decade ago, and from your description of Yamashiro, I was instantly reminded of my professor back then, although For many reasons I don´t work with him anymore. How wonderful you pay your mentor such amazing tribute with your beautiful photos today.

    • Thank you Sabine for your comment.
      There is nothing like having a teacher that inspires. Tad’s words still ring true for me to this day. It didn’t matter what you did or for how long, as long as it was “forever” and it spoke your “truth”.

  3. Mark Sisti says:

    I also studied with Tad Yamashiro, and found him to be all that you described and more. Studying with Tad was more like an experiential exercise than a “class”. It was emotional learning about yourself, what it meant to capture an image, to live a life around such an activity. His singularly focused purist philosophy shaped my artistic sensibility, that is; if you were looking to truly explore your creative interior, it required full, free artistic expresso. He believed you had to be fully dedicated to the process itself, without the distraction of commercialism…”you could not do both”.

  4. Pavel P. says:

    Like what you said here…

  5. Michael Gallart says:

    Keith,
    It was sad to read about his passing. I was one of his students. He was a great influence to me.

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