Berkeley was ground zero in the anti-war movement. Known as The Free Speech movement, the controversial student radicals led by the likes of Mario Savio at the University of California at Berkeley, led draft card burnings, sit-ins, mass marches, and protests. The movement eventually succeeded in influencing national opinion on United States involvement in the Vietnam War.
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.