The visual complexity of history
Palo Alto Online interviewed Ben Stone, the Stanford Libraries’ curator of American and British history, about the recent acquisition of the Bob Fitch photographic archive. Working for the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC), Fitch captured on film the movements led by Martin Luther King Jr. and Cesar Chavez, to each of whom he was granted close privileged access by SCLC’s support of the civil rights movement. Stone stated, "These images that Bob Fitch took add a visual component to these histories. Images often tell the story in different ways. I think they add great depth and complexity to the story. It's hard to study these movements without seeing the images. They capture things that paper-based archives don't or can't."
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