Bernie Boston

Bernie Boston was a photographer who was born in Washington D.C. and grew up and spend his childhood years in Virginia.  During his time in high school he immediately enveloped a passion for photography and became a member of the school newspaper and yearbook.  Eventually Boston would graduate from the Rochester Institute of Technology in 1955, and would then further his career by studying at the school of Aviation Medicine in the U.S. Air Force, where he served two years.  Eventually he would move back to Washington where he would eventually establish his career as a photographer again.

Perhaps Boston’s most famous photograph is the image Flower Power which was taken in 1967 during a march to help end the Vietnam war, where people arrived to protest with soldiers surrounding them at all angles. This march was on the Pentagon, and is where Boston took the iconic shot of a young war protestor placing a flower inside the barrel of a soldiers rifle in order to demonstrate a peaceful anti-protest to the Vietnam war.

As the antiwar demonstrators approached the Pentagon, Boston was sitting nearby on top of a wall of the mall entrance near the demonstration, where he was able to see the entire squad rant of guards in the crowds, as well as the peaceful protestors that they had been surrounding.  Eventually the squad had ended up forming a large circle around the demonstrators to keep them in distance and ensure they weren’t going to cause any problems.  Emerging from the crowd was a young man, who began placing carnations in the rifles of the soldiers, and Boston took the photo. This photo is extremely important because it shows how the majority of people oppose war at all costs, and the simple and kind gestures that people use to protest the war itself.  This piece has become extremely famous and has earned Boston many awards, including being a Pulitzer Prize finalist.

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Flower Power. http://www.famouspictures.org/flower-power/ (Accessed April 25th, 2019)

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