The American People Archive. Protest Rally Against The War. Male and Female Cops

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© Alwyn Scott Turner

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The New York City Portfolio. 1969-84

3 responses

  • Anuchit Sundarakiti

    Anuchit Sundarakiti gave props (16 Sep 2011):

    very interesting work !

  • Fred Moskey

    Fred Moskey   gave props (19 Sep 2011):

    An old one for sure, they are still using revolvers.

  • Alwyn Scott Turner

    Alwyn Scott Turner said (8 Jan 2012):

    This documentary image was made during an anti-nuclear peace rally in New York City. The observation that it is an image from the past - because the Police Officers are still using revolvers on their patrol - is indeed the visual discipline to historical detail which is the essence of documentary photography - what looks ordinary in this generation is later viewed as unique by a later generation of historians...photographs present the realities of history, and the art is to see it now the way it will be seen in the future.
    That includes the way people dress, the shoes they wear, the way they comb their hair, the social attitude expressed in their state of mass consciousness of the period - to see all of these ordinary but essential elements of realism that allow mankind to view their past without the distortions of those that would falsify the true nature of reality in the past...the artistry is to render a true image without artificiality...so that the skill of the art does not get in the way of the content for the sake of art...the less contrivance - the easier it is for the eye to enter into the frame without distraction.
    Thanks for the comments....

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