Civil Rights & The Beatles

Two amazing photography collections surfaced in the news this past week, and while they’re of vastly different subject matter, they both defined the 1960s in their own way.

Frederick Baldwin was taking photo of polar bears when an introduction to civil rights leader Hosea Williams gave him entrée into the world of “longshoremen halls, meetings and rallies of civil rights protestors and first-hand access to key locations” in 1960s Savannah, GA. Now, Chauncey Mayfield, who inherited the collection from his father who was involved in the movement, has gifted 50 black-and-white Baldwin images to the Ralph Mark Gilbert Civil Rights Museum in Savannah. The collection is one of only three in the US.

Read more at Savannah Now

And cinematographer Stephen Goldblatt has given over a box of never-before-seen publicity shots of the Beatles from 1968 to go on display at UC Berkeley. The negatives sat neglected for four decades while Goldblatt made his name in Hollywood and didn’t think much of his earlier brief photography career. “Still photography hasn’t been my career for a long time. That’s why these negatives just sat there,” Goldblatt said. Twenty-five black and white images will be on display at the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism Gallery through January.

Read more at San Francisco Chronicle

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