Jean-Pierre Laffont Black and White Photograph - Apollo XI Launch Crowd watching and taking photos Cape Kennedy, FL. July 16th, 1
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Jean-Pierre Laffont
Apollo XI Launch Crowd watching and taking photos Cape Kennedy, FL. July 16th, 1

1969

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Turbulent America” represents a selection of Jean-Pierre Laffont’s work from the 1960’s, ‘70s, and ‘80s. Laffont’s photographs capture the genuine sense of what it was like to live in America during these decades. Laffont says, “Taken together, the images show the chaotic, often painful birth of the country we live in today.” As a photographer for the Gamma Agency and Sygma Photo News, Laffont traveled across the country to portray the America that he saw with an insatiable curiosity. Laffont’s work embodied the popular slogan of the time; “the personal is political.” His photographs provide viewers with an unaltered look into American life, from protests for and against the Vietnam War, Civil Rights movements marching on Washington, Nixon’s departure from the White House, the Flower Power movement, the first gay pride parades, or even New York gangs. While “Turbulent America” represents an America in flux, it also gets to the heart of what it means to be American; highlighting the complexity and diversity that was so integral to American counterculture. Born in 1935, Jean-Pierre Laffont studied photography at Arts et Métiers in Vevey, Switzerland before immigrating to the United States in 1965 where he began his career as a photojournalist. After joining the Gamma agency, he started to cover political and social movements such as the riots against the war in Vietnam or the Civil Rights Movement. In 1973, alongside his wife Eliane, he co-founded Sygma Photo News, which rose to the top of the list of press agencies.

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  • Condition
    Excellent
  • Dimensions
    H 16 in. x W 20 in.H 40.64 cm x W 50.8 cm
  • Gallery Location
    New York, NY
  • Reference Number
    LU1642084423
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