Two years before Woodstock, over 200,000 hipsters gathered in Monterey, California for a three day celebration of music that embodied the themes of the new counter-culture and became the template for all future music festivals. Thirty-two bands played - stars like The Mamas and the Papas, Simon & Garfunkel and The Byrds shared billing with groundbreaking new acts, showcasing the first major American appearances by Jimi Hendrix and The Who, as well as the first major public performances of Janis Joplin, Otis Redding, Laura Nyro, Steve Miller and Indian sitar maestro Ravi Shankar.
Thousands of people flocked to the corner of Haight and Ashbury during the Summer of Love, but few saw the unfolding phenomenon as clearly as Gene Anthony did. From his apartment one block up the hill, he witnessed the extraordinary pilgrimage of young people from across the country as they trooped to San Francisco in search of answers, approval and love, and he captured the compelling vignettes through his telling lens. Anthony's photographic talent, subjects and well-deserved acclaim extend far beyond the psychedelic period, but his ability to capture a mood on a face or the essence of an era from a simple street sign was recognized and refined during that time. His photographs have, in turn, become the myriad faces of the Summer of Love.