I am continuing to search through different avenues in order to find the published picture of Jan Rose Kasmir taken by Marc Riboud. However, it is proving to be a difficult feat to accomplish. Since Riboud did not know Kasmir’s name until a good time afterward and I have not been able to find who Riboud worked for or sold his pictures to I am having to restart many times close to square one. Yet, some information I have been able to uncover helps me narrow down my search; such as, the picture of Jan Rose Kasmir seems to not be from the New York Times. My quest to find the originally published photo is still in progress, but during that search I have found more information to aid my knowledge of the protest at the Pentagon.
One article I found, with the help of Dr. Renoff, was about the March on the Pentagon and it included a picture of the protest. Nonetheless, the photo of Jan Rose Kasmir was not in the article. The photo the editor of the newspaper decided to use was more violent than that of Kasmir. It raised many questions in my mind as to why the editor thought it was so important to portray the protest on the Pentagon in the negative light that such a picture displays. In the photo that was published with the article it shows the National Guard soldiers working to hold back the protestors from breaking their line in the background. While in the foreground there is a National Guard soldier holding a protestor by the arm and forcing him to the ground. In the soldiers other hand there is a raised baton prepared to strike if need be. This picture of so much violence and misconduct is in complete opposition to the photo of Kasmir. Even though these two pictures were of the same protest they present multiple different issues, and they cause the reader to react in completely different manners.
Jane Rose Kasmir is seen talking with the soldiers and trying to communicate with them. As I have stated before, from my research, Kasmir sees the soldiers as men, not as war machines. As she is photographed with her arms extended and offering a flower the reader can’t help but notice the solemn look upon her face. The look she has offers hope to the reader and proves that not all protests have to be brutal.
The editor who chose the other picture to run with the article chose the stance that follows the fact of the March on the Pentagon being one of the first violent protests of war in the U.S. Both pictures have their meanings and are important to our history, yet they call for largely contrasting reactions.
The reactions this photo drew with the article titling “Pentagon Protest Rally Explodes in Violence” does not answer the question of the impact Jan Rose Kasmir had on the public at this time. However, the picture does assist me in understanding what the public was accustomed to viewing so I may begin to draw my own conclusions on Marc Riboud’s photo.