From The Desk Of Phenomenal Handclap Band’s Sean Marquand: Alex Solmssen

Phenomenal Handclap Band is the one that was never meant to be: an initially loose collective of musicians who wanted to stray away from the show circuit and focus on production. However, demand for PHB exploded following the release of hit single “15 To 20,” resulting in this diverse group of musicians stepping back into the spotlight for two albums, including the new Form & Control. We invited Sean Marquand, one of PHB’s founding members, to guest edit this week. Read our recent feature on the band here.

Marquand: My friend Alex’s dad took some amazing pictures in the ’60s and ’70s. He was a staff photographer for Life magazine and an ambassador. He did incredible work in Brazil. He met Tom Jobim, and that chance meeting gave him access to Jorge Ben, Roberto Carlos, Caetano Veloso, Gal Costa and Gilberto Gil, among others. Some of my favorite photos of his are just his shots of people on the streets of São Paulo. Here are some of his shots:

Video after the jump.

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  1. Posted April 24, 2012 at 8:30 pm | Permalink

    I would like to clarify that the photographer in this post is Peter Solmssen. My friend and his daughter, is a fantastic photographer in her own right, but this submission was about Peter. I wrote that he’s a ambassador and I meant diplomat. Please see the following article for a more accurate depiction of this man and his work:
    Sean Marquand