It's been a while since my last post, but I've still been keeping busy with the film, including doing more interviews, motion graphics, and working with a small team on early archival video and photo research. I probably won't be able to get back to the habit of regular posts until after the holidays, due to work and personal commitments.
One thing I do need to call out in the interim: there have been a string of dubious eBay auctions as of late, concerning both Amsel's art and my film.
Many times I've found prints of Amsel art up for sale, based on my original scans and featured on my websites. One such example is eBay seller "thepreciouspast"...
When I acquired a large collection of Amsel art transparencies last year, and invested considerable money and time having them scanned, cleaned/restored, and color corrected, I knew that I wouldn't be able to feature full images in high resolution online, else they would be plucked by scavengers and put up for sale.
To be absolutely clear: I have not, nor will I ever, put up prints of these images on eBay.
Even the documentary's poster, which I created, has recently appeared online! Nevermind that the image they're using is an earlier, outdated version. And nevermind that I have yet to make a single printed copy of the poster -- even for myself!
So...here's to you, eBay user "innhro-0", and thank you very much.
About that poster: I created it using an old portrait of Richard Amsel taken by the late Kenn Duncan. We obtained gracious permission to use it for the film by The New York Public Library. I modified it by having a friend pose as Amsel's "stand-in", with a lot of digital tinkering.