The Bell Tolls for Thee

New book title,

The Bell Tolls for Thee:

A Lifetime of Photography and Stories 

Taken from

Each man’s death diminishes me,
For I am involved in mankind.
Therefore, send not to know
For whom the bell tolls,
It tolls for thee.

– John Donne, 1624


The book is coming along. Now with the editor, Rachel Oppedahl. From there it will go to the book designer. The book consists of about 200 photos, with stories to go with many of them. Some will even have a QR code that will take the reader to a video supporting the story.

Here is an example. Since I photographed her in 2006 at the Monterey Jazz Festival, I have followed the career of jazz bassist and singer, Katie Thiroux. Her photos and story:

If the reader clicks on the QR code they can see this video:

The book has 15 chapters covering topics including, Nature, Sports, Humor, Work, Community, etc. A few samples:





More to Come…

7 thoughts on “The Bell Tolls for Thee

  1. jim says:

    really cool concepts, rick….yes, our mortality is always at play and deserves our sharp attention if we are to really understand the value of this moment…

  2. Meyinda says:

    And all those photos – what a gift to the world. The close up of Katie Theroux that so captures her presence (and the close up video – did you know ahead of time you’d be using it this way?). And Daniel Ellsberg – stunning. Thank you. ❤️

  3. John Warren says:

    The photo and brief quote from Katie Thiroux, coupled by the followup up and link to the video are awesome! Knowing the book will have many more such stories, I’m eager to get the finished copy! Bravo!!!

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