The San Francisco Mime Troupe was the creation of Ron Davis. They performed free form political satire in the parks through out San Francisco. John Conway of the San Francisco Park Commision, commenting on the Mime Troupe, said: "The Mime Troupe is out to undermine our society." "Yes we are!" retorted Ron Davis. "The society that is hypocritical, that is imperialistic, that supports sham art, that supports sham wars, that censors the dialogue, that has the crude audacity to call the opposition 'nervous Nellies,' must be undermined."
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.