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This article was written on 26 Sep 2013, and is filled under Past Exhibitions.

Civil Rights Under Three Hats: Photographs by Matt Herron and Some Movements of the 1970s & 1980s: Selected Photographs by Cathy Cade

Civil Rights Under Three Hats: Photographs by Matt Herron

October 15 – November 16

Reception: October 15 from 5-7 pm

Diversity Forum, November 7 and 8, Matt Herron will be present

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Matt Herron has been a photojournalist since 1962, and his pictures have appeared in virtually every major picture magazine in the world. Matt Herron is perhaps the preeminent documenter of the Freedom Summer voting rights activities that took place in the Southern United States during the confrontational days of 1964. Voter rights activists from the northern United States came south to help register African-American voters in the face of brutal assaults by Klansmen and ordinary citizens opposed to civil rights. In 1964, he founded and directed the Southern Documentary Project: a team of six photographers that attempted to document the process of social change in the South. In 1965, he won a World Press Photo Contest award for a Civil Rights photograph.  He covered the Civil Rights struggle for Life, Look, Time, Newsweek, and the Saturday Evening Post, as well as providing pictures for the Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee (SNCC).

 

 

Some Movements of the 1970s & 1980s: Selected Photographs by Cathy Cade

October 15 – November 16

Reception: October 15 from 5-7 pm

Diversity Forum, November 7 and 8, Cathy Cade will be present

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This exhibit is made up of thirty key images from the 1970’s and 1980’s selected by Cathy Cade from her archives at the Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley. Her main interests, as depicted in the photographs, are: Women at Work, Building a Lesbian Feminist Culture, and LGBT and Disability Rights Demonstrations.

Cathy Cade has been a documentary photographer for over 30 years.  At 62 (in 2004, she is now 71), her focus is on providing personal history, photo organizing, and photography services. She is committed to helping her clients record and preserve their histories.

Her 1987 book “A Lesbian Photo Album” is currently out of print, but you can ask your local library to locate it for you.

 

In the 1950’s, she attended an integrated high school in the Chicago suburbs and then a segregated high school in Memphis just as schools were being ordered to desegregate by the courts. The Unitarian Church youth group was the center of her life.

In the 1960’s, she studied sociology in college and graduate school while participating in the Southern Civil Right Movement and the Student Movement. She completed her Ph.D. in Sociology in 1969 with a dissertation based on 70 interviews with people in the Black community of Canton, Mississippi.

She moved to the San Francisco Bay Area in 1970 and was a part of the Women’s Liberation Movement, came out as a lesbian, and started photographing the people and the movements around her. In the late 70’s she had her first child.

Cathy Cade documented the women’s movements in San Francisco in the 1970’s, particularly as it affected lesbians. She also created a series of photographs depicting women in the trades, lesbian mothers, and civil rights activists. Additional images document individuals with disabilities, clean and sober movements, and lesbians of color.

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