© 2019 by Brett Kaufman 

Einstein in Time and Space

2011

Assemblage: 19" x 14"

Photographic Editions: Archival Ink on Cotton Rag

Walter Isaacson's 'Einstein: The Life and Universe' was the inspiration for my piece 'Einstein in Time and Space'. The original assemblage portrays what is commonly known as 'The Train Paradox' (pictured at bottom of image), is a popular tool used to help explain Einstein's Theory of Relativity. The pocket watches were all taken apart with the faces replaced by the corresponding section of the Einstein portrait, and the hands then placed on top of those. My wish is for my portrait to inspire those who already know about the theory of relativity, and to peak the curiosity and interest of those who want to know about Albert Einstein's secrets of the Universe. 

HARVEY MILK CANDLELIGHT MARCH

 
2010
Photographic Editions: Archival Ink on Cotton Rag

Randy Shilts' 'The Mayor of Castro Street: The Life and Times of Harvey Milk' made a huge impact  on me as a new arrival to San Francisco in the late 80's, and inspired me to create a portrait of Harvey around that time. (That image became the poster and playbill for a production of The San Francisco Opera).  20 years later, I decided to take that image, and update it to more accurately represent what Harvey meant to me; namely, all the lives he touched through his courage and activism. Our current world view on the LGBT community, has become so much more open and accepting, due in no small part because of the efforts Harvey made at a time when the world view was much more closed and unaccepting. The strips of newspaper which make up the hair, were created by bending and photographing the headlines of his day. Among the countless people represented, the teeth are made up of The Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence. The upper corners of the image are screened back photo's of the place Harvey came to call his home and which became the epicenter of the gay rights movement in the late 70's: a small section of San Francisco that came to be known as 'The Castro'.