American Jim Marshall’s unseen “peace” photographs, collated and published here for the first time, are a timely document for our world today. Almost sixty years after Gerald Holtom created the peace symbol, this body of work is a beautiful and thoughtful reflection from one of the most celebrated photographers of the twentieth century.
Peace, published by Reel Art Press, shows how the emblem came to represent so much more than just a badge for the CND. The photographs – taken mainly between 1961 and 1968 – chart its progression from a Ban the Bomb-specific protest to the internationally recognized symbol of peace. With a fascinating introduction by Peter Doggett, an afterword by Joan Baez, and a foreword by graphic street artist Shepard Fairey – creator of the iconic Hope poster for Barack Obama’s presidential campaign and the recent We The People campaign, who will be hosting an accompanying exhibition at his gallery in Los Angeles later this year – this captivating collection of previously unseen photographs is a wonderful photo essay from the 1960s. As Amelia Davis, who worked with Marshall for years and is in charge of his archive writes, “He was brilliant at capturing a moment in time. The Peace project is a testament to his vision and his technical genius; and also a vivid evocation of a symbol, and a sensibility, that survived the turmoil of a remarkable decade.”
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