Wednesday, December 7, 2011

About Bob Arihood and the future of Neither More Nor Less

[Aug. 4, 2006. By Bob Arihood]

As you know, Bob Arihood died back in September. His friend Mike sent along word last night ... Mike and Bob's family are maintaining the sites — Neither More Nor Less and Nadie Se Conoce — and they have also been able to "rescue" or conserve the vast majority of his work. The sites will be left up indefinitely, providing a treasure trove of photos and stories that captured the continuously evolving neighborhood.

There's also a new introduction at Neither More Nor Less that talks a little about Bob's past and what he meant to the neighborhood. Per the new intro:

He began photographing in a casual way in the 1960’s and 70’s, using a Leica M3 part of the time (and later M6). He never intended to become a photographer; it was never his dream, just a hobby, but he became more and more meticulous about this ‘hobby’. His main business was still building things, generally off of his own new ideas. After his last major venture ended circa 1994 or 1995, he became a full-time photographer, basically hanging out on the corner of Avenue A and 7th Street. There was no grand plan, just a commitment to becoming a master of what he did, and to keep evolving, to keep improvising himself out of scratch.

In addition, the videos that Bob had been filming of late are back on the site. Being so meticulous, Bob wasn't thrilled with the quality of the work. However like with his photos, he didn't always realize how much people valued his work.

6 comments:

glamma said...

Really glad to hear this.

Shawn Chittle said...

That new intro is very touching and poignant.

So glad to hear things are gonna stay up.

I frankly also love the tie in to Steve Jobs, but also wish Bob had a tree in Tompkins Square Park, too. A tree to grow so we'll always have a piece of him with us.

Maybe someday.

Marty Wombacher said...

Great news and I'm glad Bob's work will live on and we can continue to enjoy his photos and documentation of New York City.

Jeremiah Moss said...

good news. thanks for following up.

Melanie said...

A tree or a large shrub would be nice for Bob Arihood in Tompkins. Perhaps a plaque--glad the blogs are up and will remain..I appreciate Bob's photos more and more as I look at them.

Anonymous said...

What I really would love to see is a published photobook of his work.