Image above: Peter Wolf
Charles Daniels was a much-admired Boston-area photographer and beloved longtime partner of Susan Berstler, founder and director of the Nave Gallery.
Charles lived an incredible life that he told through the lens of his camera. Born in Alabama, he moved to Roxbury as a young boy. At the age of 12 or 13, Charles picked up his first camera and used it to document his day-to-day, capturing the movement and character of the city and people that he knew and loved so well. In the 60s, he began emceeing at rock venues like the Boston Tea Party. His kind, easy and open manner welcomed people to him, and in this time Charles befriended music legends such as Peter Wolf, Rod Stewart, Jimi Hendrix and many more. Whether he was introducing bands, hosting on WBCN-FM or touring with rock groups, Charles’s camera was with him, a constant friend that he turned to to capture the intimate to the mundane moments of a remarkable time.
Working in film, Charles had decades of undeveloped rolls (more than 3,000 to be exact). A grant by the Somerville Arts Council began funding the development of these images and a GoFundMe campaign has enabled the rest of his work to be developed. More that 90,000 images have been able to be produced through the generosity of supporters.
Charles lived an extraordinary life because he was an extraordinary man. He was naturally curious about people and offered friendship to all. He saw beauty in all things. He was kind and gentle and good. He will be missed.
Read The Boston Globe’s tribute to Charles.
Learn more about he GoFundMe campaign to publish Charles’s work.
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