Artists domestic and international, museums and their directors, and my local folks in Boston and Provincetown


The rich and famous, and some in between, have smiled for my camera


Blues, Country, Jazz, Folk, Rock and Classical, I’ve covered them all in photographs


Massachusetts operatives and officials loved my camera

Images coming soon.


From Broadway to the Berkshires, and some places in between


The US, Canada, Europe, Senegal, and more

Images Coming Soon

My life in the arts is crammed into eight, four-drawer file cabinets of texts, slides and negatives. Some years ago I went digital and that output is saved on external hard drives.

The website you are exploring represents at least six months of labor intensive work with the webmaster, Michael McGrath. With an initial selection of some 2000 plus images this is a first cut of archival work that is ongoing.

Phase one has entailed defining categories and access to images in a simple, logical and productive manner.

This legacy project makes available work for the pleasure of both a general audience as well as specialists searching for images for exhibitions, collections and publications. The range of images is both eclectic and personal.

Artist, Art History Professor, Art Critic, Music Critic, Photographer, Author, Gonzo Poet

Born to a father/surgeon and landscape artist, and a physician mother, I had the benefit of growing up with some privilege.  My life in the Arts took me to places and to people that filled it with beauty, creativity, and challenges I think I weathered well.


Eclipse Mill
243 Union Street
North Adams, MA 01247


Charles’ Other Websites

Along with my wife and partner, Astrid Hiemer, I’ve been editor and publisher of the Berkshire Fine Arts website, a voluminous website with thousands of pages of content from the Arts and Literature. 

In 2021, I launched a website devoted to my 7 (so far) books, most especially my latest, an oral history of the Boston MFA, 

The Early Years

From The Beginning

DOB – October 25, 1940, Brooklyn, NY, that shortly thereafter became Beacon Street, Brookline.  My doctor parents had their offices in our home, so best behavior was required.


Enrolled at Mt. Alvernia Academy, Chestnut Hill, a Catholic school run by Franciscan nuns.  Again, best behavior was required.


Summered at Norwood Heights, Annisquam where Charles played tennis and sailed at the Annisquam Yacht Club.

And More Schooling

Boston Latin High School, graduating 1959.  Then on to Brandeis, Class of 1963, winning honors in the Fine Arts and the Edgar V. M. Gilbert award as the top studio major. 

The Gonzo Years Then Began

After a stint at the Boston MFA, Egyptian Department, and a few other gigs, I coined the word “gonzo” and then it began.