Title: The VANGUARD: A Photographic Essay on the Black Panthers
Photographer(s): Ruth-Marion Baruch, Pirkle Jones
Writer(s): William Worthy
Publisher(s): Beacon Press, Boston, U.S.A.
Size: 20,5 x 25,5 cm
Edition: Published simultaneously in Canada by Saunders of Toronto Ltd.
Print: Printed in United States of America
Nation(s) and year(s) of Protest: U.S.A. >1970
Here are the Black panthers, shown in a moving collection of photograph by Ruth-Marion Baruch and her husband Pirkle Jones: stoic in dashikis; a youth in a black leather jacket, tenderly spooning cereal into a child's mouth, faces that show dreams, purpose, rebellion.
These pictures, originally gathered for an exhibition at San Francisco's de Young Museum, comprised what was perhaps the most controversial show in the museum's history - and was certainly one of the most popular. Since the San Francisco exhibit, the photographs have been shown at The Studio Museum in Harlemand at Dartmouth College. These varied, candid shots portray the Panthers in their political and personal lives. On the faces of these young men and women are reflected the violence and the hope of America.