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Mary, My Acid Queen - The Catalyst, Santa Cruz, July 15th, 1978 - Blotter Edition

RUN #:02781
Type:Archival Pigment Print on Perforated Blotter Paper
Size:7.5 x 7.5 Inches
Release:April 17, 2020
Run of:25
Auth:This RUN is signed, numbered and comes with a Certificate of Authenticity from Roger Steffens / The Family Acid and 1xRUN.
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"This photo was taken at a very famous club in Santa Cruz called The Catalyst on July 15th, 1978. They had all kinds of huge people that have played at that venue. I’ve seen Peter Tosh and just about every California group you can think of at the Catalyst over the years. They have a lot of psychedelic art on the walls. So I saw that mandala and I shot Mary’s face over it. I think it worked pretty well. We were doing a lot of acid that summer. I was living in Big Sur and novelizing two screen plays for a couple of Hollywood screenwriters. We went there for lunch one afternoon, it was a restaurant and a club. 


Both images were shot one immediately after the other. You have to keep that first image in the camera and find something to overlay on it. In those days it was very different from doing it digitally. This was in the old days with film, where you just had to remember where the different elements of the picture were and hope that you line things up properly on the second image so you could still see the first.  I was trying to achieve an acidic/psychedelic effect in the photographs to mimic what I was seeing in my psychedelic acid hallucinations." - Roger Steffens

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ABOUT Roger Steffens / The Family Acid:
The Family Acid is Roger, Mary, Kate, and Devon Steffens. They are based in Los Angeles.

Roger Steffens is a photographer, archivist, author, actor, editor, DJ and lecturer. He has been taking photographs since the early 1960s, documenting his unorthodox life and experiences. Recently his children, Devon and Kate, began scanning his slides and negatives and posting them to Instagram. The majority of these photographs haven't been seen by anyone outside of the family until now. There are approximately 40,000 Kodachrome slides and hundreds of thousands of black and white and color negatives. In early 2015, The Family Acid released their first book.

Kate Steffens is an editor, archivist, writer, and artist. She curates The Family Acid Instagram page and runs the photo archives.

Devon Steffens is a musician and artist. His latest album as Psychic Health was released in September 2017 on Time No Place Records.

Mary Steffens is the heart of The Family Acid, providing stories, memories, and inspiration.
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