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60 from the 60s

While visiting the George Eastman House I noticed this picture immediately because unlike many of the other images, it contained text. The text it displayed was also really interesting because I felt it was a very bold move on the mans behalf to wear a sign like this in public. Thinking back to the article Practices of Looking: An Introduction to Visual Culture by Marita Sturken and Lisa Cartwright, I thought about the description of the Rodney King case. For those unfamiliar with the case, a man caught the excessive police brutality against Rodney King on video. Falling back to the original point, a line in the article “raw documentation does not tell us the whole story” described this image really well. While viewing the image I didn’t understand the context in which the image was taken. What was the point he was trying to make behind do this? I felt as if this image could be understood in numerous ways based on the context it was placed in. This is similar to the Rodney King case because although the evidence showed excessive police brutality, the police quickly turned it around by slowing the video down at certain points and even pausing it to make it seem as if Mr. King was in control of the situation. So in conclusion this man may have been making a trying to make a point by wearing the sign in public or he may have been simply just having fun, and in the end the context in which the image is placed in would decide how it viewed by others.

Justin

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Keith
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Ha ha, I do not remember seeing this photograph at the gallery. I like how you tie it to the Rodney King case. I don’t think we’ll ever know what this guy meant by his public display, but makes for a fun conversation piece.. Neat post and comments!!

Keith
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Ha ha, I do not remember seeing this photograph at the gallery. I like how you tie it to the Rodney King case. I don’t think we’ll ever know what this guy meant by his public display, but makes for a fun conversation piece.. Neat post and comments!!

Katy
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Did you read the title of the image? Sometimes that helps set the scene and give context to an image.

Larissa
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This image actually made me laugh out loud when I saw it. You make a great point about context. I just assumed it was a man who was expressing his opinion. Is that snow I see too? What’s he doing out in the cold? Sometimes some text is really beneficial.

Kelly
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Haha I knew someone was going to use this image. I stared at it myself and also laughed liked Larissa, but honestly I couldn’t figure out a way to connect it to the readying. I think your point behind how raw documentation does not tell us the whole story. Why does he seem like he’s randomly in an ally, drinking from a styrofoam cup, and what is he drinking? Shouldn’t he be smoking?…

In connection to your King video we have to continue to break down and analyze the image before in order to see what is not obvious. To analyze the appearances to see what lies beneath. Nice!

Kristi
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Interesting way to connect it to the reading. The context is important sometimes, especially when the history of the moment might be lost on us. The 60′s were known for its drug culture, so I would surmise it might have something to do with that — but only because the exhibit’s title gave me that context. Otherwise, just viewing the photo wouldn’t tell me enough other than perhaps enjoying the humor of it.

Abel
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I agree with Kelly as to what can be read in the details. More then what the man is drinking, my first thought was “is the cup for asking for money?”. I took a picture of this image and could make out the name:
“Allen Ginsberg outside woman’s house of detention”
Seems Ginsberg was a poet that opposed militarism, economic materialism and sexual repression.

Alexandra
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I agree with your thoughts. Definitely a bold move on his part.

Nichole
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I loved this picture too! But at the same time, I agree with all of you. Is he protesting? Is he just making a personal statement? Is it meant to be funny or serious? Perhaps we really are supposed to come to our own conclusion. Regardless, great picture! This exhibit was pretty interesting. I’m glad that Rochester offers some “neat” visuals like this one.

Benjamin
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reading the title of the image in the gallery might of helped a little bit. this is a photo of Allen Ginsberg a very famous poet and activist during the 60′s. He wrote the critically acclaimed poem called “howl”. They made a movie about him it was actually called “Howl” James Franco Stared as Ginsberg.

“I saw the best minds of my generation destroyed by
madness, starving hysterical naked,
dragging themselves through the negro streets at dawn
looking for an angry fix…”

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