James Baker Hall, a photographer and a writer, was a friend of Gene Meatyard's. This monograph was begun in 1970, with Meatyard's approval, and finished after his death, with his wife Madelyn's assistance and blessing. Hall has been experimenting for some time now with more or less uncommon ways to bring words and pictures together; his text here, a series of free-floating prose poems based on his observations of Meatyard as a man and as an artist and on certain of his own childhood experiences, attempts to create a context in which the photographer's vision will be more readily accessible.
1925 Born May 15 in Normal, Illinois. 1943 Graduated from high school and entered Navy V-12 program at Williams College; stayed one year. 1946 Discharged from Navy; married Madelyn McKinney; apprenticed as optician in Chicago. 1949 Became licensed optician; worked for Gailey Eye Clinic in Bloomington, Illinois.