Came across this article on the Best American Poetry blog about Dan Wilcox and how he has been documenting the Albany scene over the years with his camera.
As a relative newcomer to Albany–we moved here from Brooklyn in 2005 when I started teaching at The College of Saint Rose–I was curious to see what the local poetry scenes were like in and around our new hometown. It didn’t take long after going to my first readings that I noticed one dude at every one. He wore in a black beret, a flash camera around his neck, and lots of political buttons.
That dude’s name is Dan Wilcox, and he was always taking pictures. A peace activist, veteran, and former state worker–everyone seems to be a former state worker up here in New York’s state capital–Dan Wilcox is one of the poetry scene’s griots. He claims to have the "world’s largest collection of photos of unknown poets." Some of the photos are, in fact, of very well-known poets. Here’s a mini-exhibition for your viewing pleasure, with Dan Wilcox’s commentary.