The 70's reeked of revolution and anti-establishment, and those were the aspects the photographer couple Pirkle Jones and Ruth-Marion Baruch focused on.
The two met in 1946, inside the classroom of Ansel Adams at the California School of Fine Arts. The two fell in love and got married three years later. Baruch's family fled from Berlin to New York, saving them from the government. She studied English and Journalism, eventually to photography as she researched on the work of Edward Weston. Meanwhile, Jones noticed the racism in Louisiana and Indiana. With shared idealism, the two joined together as partners in life and photography.
The 1970's shook the status quo thanks to the hippie movement, which began in their own backyard The couple also was interested in the Flower Power scene as they advocated, free love, drug use, peace, and coexistence. Jones was interested in the freethinkers in the houseboat community Gate Five in Sausalito.
Baruch then photographed the Black Panther Party, a different movement from the Civil Rights Movement by Martin Luther King. The Black Panthers fought social oppression and racial segregation and called out equal access to education, work and other socio-political aspects in American life. Eventually, Jones joined Baruch with documenting the movement.
Catch the show Black Power – Flower Power: Photographs by Pirkle Jones and Ruth-Marion Baruch at the Museum Ludwig in Cologne, running through June 3.
Images are from the press kit.