I’d been photographing Taylor Camp for several months when I met Diane Patalano on the trail one Saturday morning as I walked into Camp. She had seen some of the prints I’d made of the other campers, wanted to be photographed and invited me up to the treehouse she shared with her boyfriend, Richie Palumbo.
Diane was a willing and adaptable subject—relaxed and natural in front of a camera. Richie was more guarded and reserved. I set up the tripod and used a Nikkor PC lens to control perspective, overexposing and under development to capture the interior shadows and exterior highlights. Richie got up and left the house after only one exposure, but that one shot tells a story, became one of the iconic images of Taylor Camp, and was featured on the May 2018 cover of The Sun magazine.
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".