THE SENSELESS/NAMELESS SET - Part 6
The Art of Protest
Two photographs. No (?) connection. Welcome to senseless/nameless sets.
Photo #1 is by far the most dull protest photograph I’ve seen in quite some time. If I didn’t know better I would’ve thought that they protested against increasing chewing gum or maybe cigarette prices, or something like that. Anyways, protests are good, like in photo #2.
"Revolutions are the locomotives of history." (probably by Karl Marx)
Ok, to be serious: to create an atmosphere within a country that a) allows peaceful protests as in photo #1 and b) taking the matters of protesters serious, that’s what it’s all about I guess. But I’m just dreaming again…
#1: Mondadori / Getty, May 30, 1968, Protests in Paris:
On May 30 1968, almost 500,000 protesters marched through Paris chanting, ‘Adieu, de Gaulle!’. At 2.30pm, Prime Minister Georges Pompidou persuaded President Charles de Gaulle to dissolve the National Assembly and to call a new election, thereby ending the immediate threat of revolution. CAPTION: "Daniel Cohn-Bendit, the Franco-German agitator and student of Sociology at the Narbonne University (today: Co-president of the European Greens), with protestors who are shouting slogans during a demonstration in Paris." (+)
#2: Paul Schutzer, 1958, Demonstrators attacking Richard M. Nixon in his car, Caracas, Venezuela
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