Seeing BMX and BMX freestyle develop in the early years must have been fun. It was so new that something exciting was happening every week. Discovering the people who were actually doing new moves was a challenge. People from different areas were developing on their own without knowing what was going on 50 miles down the road. With maybe only a telephone to communicate with (no cell phones and no e-mail to communicate with in the late-'70-s/early eighties) it was hard to track people down for a photo shoot.
A handful of photographers captured the early days on film. One of them is Jim Cassimus who started out as a skateboard photographer but when that was slowing down he ventured in different directions such as BMX. Jim knew where the skateparks were and came across the early guys who took their BMX to the curved concrete.
We'll try to do an interview with "King James" to give you a better view of the early days of BMX. We got his contact info thanks to Kevin Dana and will keep our fingers crossed he's going to answer some questions for the www.fatbmx.com website.
Picture shown is of Bob Morales from one of the many Rad Gallery photos Jim contributed to BMX Plus! magazine in the early eighties.