Award winning photojournalist, Gene Barnes shares his life and times as a cameraman for NBC News during the radical 50's & 60's. His stories are ironic, iconic, historical and things we still talk about to this day. All copyrights to images and stories are owned by his daughter, Christina Barnes. Please ask permission for use and respecting copyright laws will be very much appreciated.
Niki de Saint Phalle
Westwood, California 1962
Renowned French sculptor and painter in front of one of her works on display at the Dawn Gallery. (Check out her website, http://www.nikidesaintphalle.com – She passed away in 2002 leaving behind incredible creations in public places, one taking 20 years to complete, worked on it until her death, a tarot card garden, very accomplished.)
Swiss born master of automation, seen with the horn’ of plenty, one of the components Tinguely gathered at the Flamingo Hotel then trucked out to a dry lake bed near Las Vegas. The assemblage was his interpretation of a spendthrift, all consuming, opulent society addicted to television, bent on a course of self-destruction. After mobilizing the massive work he detonates the explosives creating The End of The World for NBC’s David Brinkley’s Journal.
Jean Tinguely with Niki de Saint Phalle at the dry lake walking through his collection of castoffs of humanity from junk yards and the city dump: TV set, easy chair, burgeoning refrigerator, baby buggy, shopping cart filled with beach balls, a dented water tank with a mangy tree trunk that moves obscenely in and out of the vent. Nevada – 1962
Jean Tinguely strategically places 50 sticks of dynamite and plastic explosives around his desert masterpiece. Nevada- 1962
Frenchman Flats, Nevada – 1955
Shot during a test at Frenchman Flats, Nevada. First color footage to air the same day on network TV. (He won an award for this shot.)
Cape Canaveral, Florida – 1957
From a distance of two miles where we bootlegged news coverage of the test. With the use of telephoto lenses, tracked the erratic 1,000 mph flight from lift-off to its destruction at 7,000 feet when it went wild. Defense Department officials classified the film as “Top Secret” after thirty million people viewed it on TV.
Hall of Justice, Los Angeles 1960
Prosecuting Attorney for “The Trial of the Decade.” At the third trial, Dr. Bernard Finch and his mistress Carole Tregoff were found guilty of murdering Finch’s wife. Crail demanded the death sentence but lost.
Dr. Bernard Finch and Carole Tregoff
Hall of Justice, Los Angeles – California, 1960
Max Munn Autry
Hollywood, California Circa 1963
Famous Hollywood glamour portrait photographer during the twenties through the sixties,at workin his Sunset Boulevard studio where hundreds of beautiful women and handsome men sat for portraits.
Photographed at his Little Tujunga Canyon campsite residence, composed Nat King Cole’s fifties hit song “Nature Boy” and rose quickly to the top of the Vine Street music scene.
Beverly Hills, California 1962
He is sizing up the audience before going to the dais with Lucille Ball, Frank Sinatra, Natalie Wood and others at the Foreign Press Awards dinner at the Beverly Hilton Hotel.