Gene Anthony's prolific lens once again captured a slice San Francisco's counterculture with this 1966 photo of visual artist Wilfred Satty. German-born Satty relocated to San Francisco in 1965 and became a staple on the scene, staging huge underground parties and becoming an influential poster artist of the psychedelic age. A fall from a ladder abruptly ended his life in 1982, but his works and legacy continue to resonate through the world of visual arts.
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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.