ROGER STEFFENS | Karate Combat In La Jolla
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Karate Combat In La Jolla : photograph by Roger Steffens of The Family Acid - December 1980
9.25" x 14" image on a 12" x 18"sheet in a 13" x 19" frame
C-Print - Edition of 150 (Signed)
"A double exposure shot on the beach in La Jolla, California. After speaking at a high school in San Diego, I took a long walk along the water's edge in nearby La Jolla and came upon a couple of teenaged boys practicing their Karate moves on the beach. The rugged cliffs behind them provided the other half of the image."-Roger Steffens
This image appears in Steffens's book The Family Acid. Steffens started making photographs while serving in the Psychological Operations division in Vietnam, a time in which he began a journalistic record of his surroundings marked by an increasingly psychedelic lens. Spanning 40 years of Steffens’ life and culled from over 40,000 chrome photographs, The Family Acid presents his often transcendent vision and life as a psychedelic pioneer on the order of Timothy Leary and Hunter S Thompson beginning with his work in Vietnam and moving through his ever revolving circle of friends and characters made up of rastas, beatniks, musicians, artists, gonzo journalists, his family, and himself. The portraits, scenes, and freewheeling experimentation with the medium of photography coalesce into a body of work that both parallels and defines the countercultural ethos of Steffens’ generation.