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The Birdman, street vendor at Dupont Circle North dies

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , on April 10, 2008 by Elvert Barnes

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.