Flower Power & Counterculture: A Couple's Visual Journal of the 70's

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.

Kathleen Cleaver and the Black Panthers (“Free Huey” rally, Bobby Hutton Memorial Park, Oakland, CA, Sept. 22, 1968, from: Black Panther), 1968–1969 Donation from the Pirkle Jones Foundation © Pirkle Jones Foundation; Pirkle Jones Hitchhiking Mother with Child, #75, Gate Five, Sausalito, CA, 1971, from: Gate Five, 1969–1971), 1971 Donation from the Pirkle Jones Foundation © Pirkle Jones Foundation; Pirkle Jones Untitled (Black Panthers demonstration, Alameda County Courthouse, Oakland, CA, during Huey Newton’s trial), July 30, 1968, print 2010 Donation from the Pirkle Jones Foundation © Pirkle Jones Foundation;

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.

Pirkle Jones Wayne with His Parrot (Normal-Norman Carlin, Michael Scott center, and unidentified man right, #10, Gate Five, Sausalito, CA, from: Gate Five, 1969–1971), 1970 Donation from the Pirkle Jones Foundation © Pirkle Jones Foundation; Ruth-Marion Baruch Untitled (Black Panthers stand at the BlackFestival, Marin City, CA, from a photo essay on the Black Panthers), 1968 Donation from the Pirkle Jones Foundation © Pirkle Jones Foundation;Ruth-Marion Baruch “Jesus” Selling the Oracle, Haight-Ashbury, from: Haight-Ashbury, 1967 Donation from the Pirkle Jones Foundation © Pirkle Jones Foundation

Images are from the press kit.

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