Rowland Scherman: Spirit of the 60s


Rowland Scherman was a pivotal figure in documenting life in the 1960s.

He photographed many of the iconic musical, cultural, and political events of the decade, including the 1963 Newport Folk Festival, the March on Washington, the Beatles’ first US concert, and Woodstock. He traveled with Bobby Kennedy on his campaign for the presidency, went on tour with Judy Collins, was in the studio when Crosby, Stills, and Nash recorded their first album. In 1968 he won a Grammy Award for the cover photo of Bob Dylan’s Greatest Hits. He was the first photographer for the newly formed Peace Corps in 1961, and worked as a freelance photographer for Life Magazine.

The exhibition features Scherman’s photographs from the 1960s and related ephemera, with notable inclusions such as: Scherman’s Grammy Award for the album cover of Bob Dylan’s Greatest Hits 1967 album, and the award winning photograph; the 1964 cover showing the largest photo of Lyndon B. Johnson ever made and the corresponding photograph; and photographs of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., James Baldwin, Judy Collins, Sidney Poitier, Janis Joplin, Arthur Ashe, Bobby Kennedy, Barbara Walters, and more.