They say “The pen is mightier than the sword” but what do you do when you’re faced with rifles and bayonets? You put flowers in the muzzles and flash world known sign for peace.
Well, that’s what the flower power movement of the 60s did to quell the war raging on in Vietnam. The innocence of teens involved in that era of love and peace versus bombs and bullets is one of the movement’s biggest gears in the years of Woodstock and hippie culture.
Shown here in this iconic photo is a 17-year old Jane Rose Kasmir opposing a line of soldiers holding nothing but a daisy as an offering. The call to withdraw troops from the war torn country in the Pacific was demonstrated in mass flower giving and non-violent ways as a means to lead the country by example.
Marc Riboud’s iconic photograph is a strong illustration of how imagery can be used for more than just commercial means. Peace and flowers were the main theme in the decade dedicated to inspire peace in the heart of the world.
The photo was taken at the Pentagon March wherein demonstrators asked for world peace as a means of resolving conflict. Taking to the streets with nothing but bouquet after bouquet of flowers, the young peace-seeking group aimed to spread the love of fellow man.
American poet Allen Ginsberg gave a name to the movement, Flower Power, as a means to replace violent protests with peaceful and colorful mobilization. This kind of resistance to the idea of war made sure that no further violence ensued in pursuit of peace.
Our intention with the Influential Photographs columns is not to glorify or demean the subject of the photo. Our intention with this column is to highlight the most influential analogue photographs of history. The photographs we feature are considered icons, for their composition, subject matter, or avant-garde artistic value.