About a week ago, my brother told me about reconnecting with an old friend of his, Jay Colton. Though their friendship had only just been rekindled, he just learned that Jay died suddenly while at the working at the Paraty em Foco International Photography Festival in Brazil. Jay was a beloved figure in the photography world with a longtime career as photography editor at Time magazine.
I had not seen Jay since I was a young girl, but the Colton brothers—Jay and his brother Jimmy—are seared into my memory, part of the teenage boy legends that made up Parkway Village in the rebellious sixties and seventies. I was just a little girl then, hearing them thump past my door in the narrow hall to my brother’s room, or showing up, gangly-limbed and starving, eating up my mother’s meals. Continue reading