Ronaldo Brunet landed in New York from his native Chile in 1960, where he found a job as a night-time technician in a photo lab. He hung out downtown with other artists in the 60s at clubs like Max's Kansas City. The midnight hour has remained his call to hit the streets by bike and connect with acquaintances old and new at favorite bars and clubs in Soho and Greenwich Village.

I met Mr. Brunet in 2003 at Fanelli's, a landmark Tavern on Prince Street. Having spoken with him countless times in the following years, committing his voice to posterity had been on my mind for a while, as an extension of the images seen here.

On Sunday, September 30, 2007, we met at StoryCorps, an oral history organization with a recording booth tucked away in a corner of the Biltmore Room near tracks 41 and 42 of Grand Central Station.

For the 40-minute interview I steered the narrative in a specific progression: where he came from, settling in a new environment, talking about his creative outlets, and hearing his take on the downtown art scene. Skirting past his childhood in Chile quicker than expected, Mr. Brunet was most willing to talk about his arrival in New York City and the creative spirit of the 1960s. He read a poem called “The Making of an Artist.”

Mr. Brunet, who photographs street art, plays piano, and writes poetry, sometimes returns to Chile to visit family.

Listen to an excerpt of our StoryCorps interview.
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