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The Poor & Wealthy


First off I want to thank my friends for contributing to that toilet lift. Works great. That includes my sister Nancy, GR, AG, BW, and others that slip my mind now. It really took a load off.


Artists are almost always poor, at least while alive. Rembrandt died totally in debt. His home was filled with books, and paintings he bought from friends. His estate is available online, somewhere. His son sold off everything to meet his debts. That is Rembrandt.

We guys/gals can at least say we chose this path, maybe? My grandmother scrubbed floors in a NY hospital and her husband blocked hats in a factory. On my mothers side of the family: immigrants from Russia.

Capitalism without real safety nets has always been a test of survival.

The poor, the mentally ill, and the addicts are just so-much garbage for the wealthy to let die.

By Dave

My name is David Beckerman. I am a fine art photographer working in New York City. Or I was before I had two strokes. I now write from Assisted Living.

3 replies on “The Poor & Wealthy”

You have sacrificed so much to chronicle urban life and find the beauty in the everyday, even as for you those everydays likely didn’t feel like a sacrifice.

Know that your art and life are appreciated, and even though I’m a product of Chicago I am endlessly fascinated by your images and commentaries.

Wishing you all good things. Be safe, my friend.

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Thanks Bill. It was just something I had to do. But money was always an issue so this life on medicaid is nothing new and I wouldn’t change a thing. Except at this place which will never change.

I found a beautiful Assisted Living place in Brooklyn. They don’t take medicaid and it costs 8 grand a month for a studio.

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You described Trump’s attitude and the Republicans. This crisis highlights the need for some kind of a safety net. Call it socialism but with all the resources available the costs for providing aid will not bankrupt the government.

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