Few things embodied the changing tides of the '60s like Mountain Girl standing before a psychedelic school bus. Captured here by the prolific lens of photographer Gene Anthony, Mountain Girl was one of Ken Kesey's Merry Pranksters (and mother of his child, Sunshine). She helped pioneer the psychedelic cultural movement, and ended up marrying Jerry Garcia. The flower power decade was in full swing, and this San Francisco State Acid Test on Halloween was a colorful and fitting way to ring in the celebration.
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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.