Forgotten Faces: Giuseppe Logan [PHOTOS]
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“Forgotten Faces” is a photo essay series from New York City based photographer Adam Goyette that uncovers stories about the people you see on the streets of New York. Most of the time, pedestrians just pass by without giving a second thought. However, these faces have names and stories, and these are just a few.
Walking through Tompkins Square Park early on a Saturday morning you can hear the weary sound of a saxophone playing somewhere over the rainbow. As the music grows closer and you pass by the ragged street musician, you would probably never think that he was somewhat of a jazz legend. And that legend’s name is Giuseppe Logan. Engage in a conversation with him, though, and it won’t take long before he tells you himself, “I’m Famous. Google me!” Then when you get home and Google him, you will discover he is correct; he is somewhat famous. There was a even a piece about him in the New York Times last year.
BOWERY BOOGIE: What is your name and how old are you?
Giuseppe Logan: Giuseppe Logan. Call me Joseph. Shoot, I’m 82 years old!
BB: Where do you spend most of your day?
GL: I’m always in the park, playing my music.
BB: What’s your plan for tomorrow?
GL: Just going to come to the park to play my music and hope I can get enough gas for some food. Some days I do okay and make some money to buy peanut butter and crackers. Some days I don’t make anything.
BB: What brought you to New York?
GL: I used to live here back in the day. I was a musician and played with Coltrane and all those cats. I’m famous. Google me! I’m a composer. I went to the New England Conservatory. Then I went home one time and my wife lied and said i was crazy and on drugs and had me locked up for 30 years. They took all my money and my house. I used to be rich.
BB: Where did you live before coming to New York?
GL: I was in Virginia playing on the streets there and then I came back here about 3 years ago. I broke my hip though so it makes it real tough for me to be here all day long in the park.
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–All photos are courtesy of Adam Goyette. Check out his website for more information.