By the late 1960s serious opposition to the war in Vietnam had developed. Hundreds of thousands had already marched and demonstrated around the country before the afternoon of November 15, 1969 when the people of San Francisco took to the streets for the Vietnam War Moratorium Peace March.
As I walked along Geary Boullevard to Golden Gate Park with the crowd I photographed individuals, and groups with banners—it seemed like a cross-section of everyone in San Francisco. I used a 35mm Leicaflex SL camera with a semi-wide angle 35mm lens, and a standard 50mm lens. The film was Kodak Tri-X, and I developed it with a formula of Edwal FG7 and sodium sulfite that I learned from photo-grapher Pirkle Jones. Jones became well known for his photographs of the Black Panthers. The photos in this book are printed as they were composed in the camera.
Lawrence G. Desmond received his PhD in anthropology and archaeology from the University of Colorado, Boulder; his MA in anthropology from the Universidad de las Americas in Cholula, Mexico, and carried-out archaeological research in Mexico and Guatemala for more than 40 years. He taught at the University of Minnesota and San Francisco State University. His books, "A Dream of Maya" and "Yucatán through her eyes," are about the photography and studies of the ancient Maya by Alice and Augustus Le Plongeon who worked in Yucatán in the 1870s. His photographs of the people, architecture, and landscape of Mexico and Guatemala are archived at Harvard University's Peabody Museum, and photographs of the Moses Mesoamerican Archive and Research Project (MMARP) are at the Getty Research Institute. Desmond is a senior research fellow in archaeology with the MMARP at Harvard University, and a research associate with the Department of Anthropology at the California Academy of Sciences.
An Unintentional Photographer, 1968-1970 Published July 28, 2014
Growing up in California, 1947-1959 Published June 04, 2014
Mexico- Landscape and Architecture Published March 16, 2014
MEXICO - As it was. Photographs of Life in the 1970s. Published January 03, 2014
Santo Tomás Jalieza Oaxaca, Mexico 1973 Published November 30, 2013
Tepetzintla, Sierra Norte de Puebla, Mexico 1972 Published August 29, 2013
Blue Water and Rocky Lights-- My life in the U.S. Coast Guard, 1957 to 1960 Published June 21, 2012