Students hurling objects at the police. Boulevard Saint-Germain, 6th arrondissement, Paris, France. May 6, 1968 by Bruno Barbey.
6″ x 6″ Magnum Square print
Fuji Crystal Archival Matte paper
Signed on verso by Bruno Barbey
Statement from Bruce Davidson on the back of print "Students hurling objects at the police. Boulevard Saint-Germain, 6th arrondissement, Paris, France. May 6, 1968"
"After a long trip in Southeast Asia (the Vietnam War was raging) and Japan, I returned to Paris in the Spring of '68, where major riots were taking place. I photographed the majority of demonstrations in Paris. For weeks, my clothes were soaked from the stubborn odor of tear gas. There was an urgency to communicate, to speak with one another, to question everything; it was the rebellion of a generation against that which society had prepared for it, against all that came from above. May '68 was also an indispensable luxury at the time of the Prague Spring, as Prague was being crushed by the tanks from the Warsaw Pact."
Bruno Barbey, born in Morocco, has dual nationality – French and Swiss. He studied photography and graphic arts at the École des Arts et Métiers in Vevey, Switzerland. From 1961 to 1964 he photographed the Italians, considering them as protagonists of a small ‘theatrical world’, with the aim of capturing the spirit of a nation.
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