This photo was featured on the November 2016 cover of The Sun magazine. It’s one of my favorites. Gary and his friends often followed me around Camp, pestering to take their pictures—and I often did. When I saw him running around with his plastic sword skillfully tied with a cloth ribbon scabbard, he didn’t have to ask. I found a suitable background with good light and Gary stood at attention all the while I set up my tripod. I stood with my face just above the camera and asked him to look me in the eyes. He hadn’t moved anything but his eyes the entire time. A good soldier!
His pacifist hippie mom, Barbara, hated the photo and wanted to kill me. "My son's not a violent warmonger!" Right, your son is a lively, imaginative, energetic boy—a very cool kid. Fortunately for me, Barbara had signed a model release covering herself and her son. After a while, I heard no more complaints from mom.
From the 2020 LA ART Show Limited Edition collection of archival digital prints signed, titled, numbered, and dated by the photographer, these wood-framed photographs are approximately 29 x 23-inches and meet all Library of Congress standards with non-glare, UV protected Museum Glass over 100% Cotton RagMat and backing board. The collection is a limited edition of twelve with several pieces already acquired by the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Stanford University as well as private galleries and collectors. Wehrheim's historic Taylor Camp photos are the most complete and evocative documentary of a sixties and seventies counter-culture community and represent "the ultimate hippie fantasy".