The Vanguard: A Photographic Essay on the Black Panthers
The vanguard a photographic essay on the black panthers
This white husband-and-wife team of photographers became Black Panther sympathizers through their Peace and Freedom Party political involvement and their deeply-imprinted memories of anti-Semitism (Baruch) and Southern lynchings (Jones). The pair's first photographic foray was to a Free Huey rally in Oakland's De Fremery Park. At first they could aim their cameras only at the rank and file, but ultimately they were permitted to photograph the leaders at close range too, including founder Huey Newton at the Alameda County Court House jail. The completed collection became an object of controversy when a scheduled exhibit at San Francisco's De Young Museum was abruptly canceled, but Baruch and Jones fought back and their show finally opened to record crowds. Displayed here along with a ""review of Panther growth and harassment"" by black journalist William Worthy and the Party rules, platform, and program, the photographs are of demonstrations, crowds, speeches, displays, but mostly of faces--candid, committed, and compellingly human.
The Vanguard - A Photographic Essay on the Black Panthers
Jones and Baruch photographed the Black Panthers from July through October 1968 in the Bay Area with the goal of “creating a better understanding of the Black Panthers.” An exhibition at the De Young Museum drew over 100,000 people.