The Birdman, street vendor at Dupont Circle North dies

Thanks to a posting in Sam Smith’s Progressive Review / DC CITY DESK dated Thursday, 10 April 2008 I learn of The City Paper’s article by Peter Muller pertaining to the PASSING of THE BIRDMAN OF DUPONT CIRCLE.

Sakhi, who I referred to as the street vendor at Dupont Circle North, was amongst my first subjects when I retook of photography in 1992.  While I have taken several images of him and his stand, over the years, mostly with film … it is those first images that I took of him that now come to mind as I learn of his death.  And, it was those first images of him that I have remembered when, over the years, that I would pass by his vending stand.

A few days after taking the pictures of him, I presented copies to him.  And, as a result, when ever I’d pass by his stand or that we’d encounter each other in the Dupont Circle, we both would acknowledge each other.

And It is those first images of Sakhi Gulestan that I have, since, included in my collection of favorites.

Click the above image by Peter Muller to read the entire article which features a photoessay tribute by Muller.


2 Responses to “The Birdman, street vendor at Dupont Circle North dies”

  1. Jason Stutz Says:

    Please, if you find out where and what time the memorial service is, send me an email. I am in NY and would like to attend.

    Thank you.


  2. hello,
    i am the late mr.gulistan’s daughter.

    im sorry to tell you that we have already buried him. it was on april 11, he was buried beside my little sister. in stafford county va.

    thank you for thinking about my father, please pray for him.

    his daughter,
    soul gulistan

    if you want to contact me, my email is

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