If it's almost impossible to put a face on the psychedelic sixties, it's even more difficult to put a face on the incredible artwork of the era. The faces in this 1960s photo are some of the people behind the posters, masters of their art . Several artists, like Stanley Mouse, collaborated with peers on projects, some worked for one house exclusively, some abandoned one venue for another when the pay or attention level didn't meet their standards and most moved on to other successes in their chosen medium.
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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.