A (mostly one-sided) conversation between photographer Bill Dane and Dan Skjæveland. Recorded at Bill Dane's house in Albany, California on Nov 28, 2015.
Bill Dane (aka Bill Zulpo-Dane), born William Thacher Dane on November 12, 1938, is a North American street photographer best known for pioneering a way to subsidize his public by using photographic postcards. He has mailed over 50,000 of his pictures as photo-postcards since 1969. As of 2007, Dane's method for making his photographs available shifted from mailing photo-postcards to offering his entire body of work on the internet.
From PHOTOGRAPHY WITHIN THE HUMANITIES (Janis and MacNeil, Ed.)
Evening Lecture at Wellesley College
John Szarkowski, pp.78-95
Four or five years ago, a young California painter named Bill Dane discovered photography and set out to practice it with enormous enthusiasm and generosity. The generosity expressed itself in the form of a massive barrage of photographic postcards which he sent without obligation and, I suspect, often without acknowledgment, to what would seem to be anenormous mailing list. This is not the manner in which artists have traditionally subsidized their public so it is perhaps not surprising that when a few critics did begin to take cognizance of Dane’s work, they tended to be more interested in the fact of the postcards than in the pictures that they carried. But the real reason that I like Dane’s postcards is the fact that they have, I think, beautiful pictures on them, pictures that define new subjects. It seems to me that the subject of Bill Dane’s pictures is the discovery of lyric beauty in Oakland, or the discovery of surprise and delight in what we had been told was a wasteland of boredom, the discovery of classical measure in the heart of God’s own junkyard, the discovery of a kind of optimism, still available at least to the eye.
Interview with Garry Winogrand by David Fahey - PhotoBulletin, Nov 1980
Garry Winogrand: We didn't get into contemporary people at all. What I would say. Is there are people who have worked, - I'm alway interested in seeing what they're doing. Diane Arbus, (William) Eggleston, (Stephen) Shore, Robert Adams, (Tod) Papageorge, Henry Wessel, Bill Dane. I try to make it my business to see what they're doing.