|California Dreaming Indeed
600-photo Trip takes in more than just scenery
By Robert Taylor
Staff Writer, Contra Costa Times
There are big picture books with names like Beautiful California and Scenic California, but thats not what Richard Blair and Kathleen Goodwin had in mind. Their version, just published with 600 photographs filling 300 pages, is California Trip.
Its the first left-wing coffee-table book on California, explain the Marin County couple, both writers and photographers. California Trip is no liberal tract, but it does include hippies, gay men and lesbians, political protesters and farmworkers among the stunning photographs of the Big Sur coast, Yosemite and San Francisco cable cars.
Blair arrived in California from New York in the 1960s, Goodwin from South Africa in the 1970s, and theyve crisscrossed the state since then. In the 1980s and 90s, they ran a photo studio in Berkeley, which may help explain the books focus on multiple cultures and social change.
California Trip is a rambling documentary spanning nearly 40 years, from the tragic Altamont concert to the drama of Barry Bonds, from a dreamy almond orchard in Kern County to the 1991 fire in the Oakland-Berkeley hills.