The origin of Rick Griffin's BG105 poster, source to his signature flying eyeball, is captured here by prolific photographer Gene Anthony. The late Griffin managed to symbolize driving themes of the psychedelic movement while promoting a 1968 Winterland concert to create BG105. The ever-observing lens of Gene Anthony caught this candid moment of introspection and concentration in a shaft of light, exposing the quiet process of what many consider a brilliant work of art.
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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.