The Man Who Photographed the Man at the Wheel
3:00 p.m. Lectures, Readings, Films
Philip Storey, a native of Gloucester, has spent ten years collecting the work of Louis Blend, an amateur photographer who shot thousands of tourists with Gloucester's Man at the Wheel statue between the years of 1923 and 1973. Blend, born Levi Blinder, was a shoemaker's apprentice in Russia before emigrating to the US in 1914. He acquired a camera kit and was able to earn a living taking photos of tourists. He eventually settled the base of his operation at Gloucester's Man at the Wheel statue where he spent the next five decades shooting local visitors. Storey will present a "snapshot" of this unique and underexposed facet of Gloucester lore.