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Kennedy to Kent State: Images of a Generation


Bernie Boston
American, 1933-2008

Flower Power, October 22, 1967
Gelatin silver print

Gift of Howard G. Davis, III A.K.A. David Davis, 2011.135

This memorable image of a young protester placing a flower in the barrel of a National Guardsman’s rife was captured during an anti-war march on the Pentagon.  A staff photographer for the now-defunct Washington Star, he photographed the Civil Rights movement, and every American president from Harry Truman to Bill Clinton. Instict told him to climb a wall near the Pentagon entrance to observe this spontaneous confrontation.  Boston’s editors ignored the poignant photograph, and when he exhibited the image it immediately became popular, becoming a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize.

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