Days of Rage:An American Photographer’s Journal
The late 60s and early 70s were a turbulent time of civil unrest in American history, when people were confronted by tragedy, war and a divided nation. Photographer David Fenton, then a teenage high school dropout turned full-time photographer for Liberation News Service (LNS), captured the tumultuous times when the images truly spoke louder than the headlines. Through his photographs, Fenton gave us an inside view of Vietnam anti-war and draft resistance demonstrations, a Central Park “Be-In” with Abbie Hoffman, the trials of Black Panther Party leaders, a Janis Joplin concert and other signs of the times. Because LNS was a part of Students for a Democratic Society (SDS), Fenton had access to people and places that other mainstream media photographers didn't, and was the only photographer allowed to photograph the infamous Weather Underground. There is a distinct feeling of intimacy that is conveyed in the photos because of this. While some photos were published in The New York Times, Life Magazine, and Newsweek, many of Fenton's photographs have never before been seen. The collection appears in Fenton's new book, titled “SHOTS: An American Photographer's Journal 1967- 1972,” to be published by Earth Aware Editions on April 15, with a Foreword by former California senator and Chicago 7 member Tom Hayden, commentary by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Norman Mailer and an Afterword by Govinda Gallery owner Chris Murray. Columnist Arianna Huffington said “The passion, promise, idealism, excitement and turbulence of the 60s leap off the page and grab you by the heart. The revolution may not have been televised— but it was captured on film by David Fenton.” Today, Fenton runs Fenton Communications, a media firm that represents clients such as MoveOn.org and others trying to improve human rights, the environment, and public health. The photos will be on exhibit at Govinda Gallery in Georgetown from April 15-23. These are just a sample of photographs from the book and the Govinda Gallery exhibit, accompanied by excerpts from the book.