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Lanzo and Friend

I visited Lanzo briefly one day with Clay and Spencer, two mountain men I traveled with from time to time. Natives in this deep mountain region, they knew many “old time” mountain people they thought I’d like to meet and photograph. Our first visit was awkward and brief.

We returned sometime later for a second visit. This time Spencer brought along his banjo for entertainment. When we arrived, we found his friend locked “safely” in the cabin while Lanzo was out gathering firewood. When Lanzo returned he unlocked the door, we all entered the tiny space and as the mountain men told stories Spencer “commenced” to playing tunes on the banjo. 1970

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