PHOTOGRAPHY: World renowned photographer Fred Baldwin has published his memoirs at the age of 90. Is this a peculiar insight into a person who, through everything and everyone he meets, first and foremost sees himself?
Nina Trige Andersen
Nina Trige Andersen
Nina Trige Andersen is a historian and freelance journalist. She is a regular contributor to Modern Times Review.
Published date: February 15, 2020

Dear Mr. Picasso. An illustrated love affair with freedom
Author: Fred Baldwin
Schilt Publishing, The Netherlands

Judging by the reviews, it has been a pleasure for many, but for me, it was a tear-jerking struggle to get through photographer Fred Baldwin’s endless autobiography. Almost 700 pages, nothing less could do it, and if it’s Baldwin’s images you are fascinated by, then it’s not Dear Mr. Picasso. An illustrated love affair with freedom you must seize.

Without being able to count, it seems to me that the number of photos is unreasonably exceeded by, for example, the number of descriptions of Baldwin’s encounters with «girls» that he found, more or less, interesting and beautiful.

Baldwin is – or became over time – a gifted photographer, according to his own making because he was too dyslexic to become a writer. Even without spell check and proofreading, however, dyslexia would be his smallest problem. The biggest thing is that he doesn’t find any details in his life too small to overshadow the big events he’s been in.

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Passage to India. (c) Fred Baldwin

Look at me, Mom

Fred Baldwin grew up in a white upper-class family in the southern states, lost his diplomatic father at the age of five, and never really managed to live up to his female-dominated …

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