Jan Rose Kasmir Post 4

Finally I have made a huge leap forward in my search for not only where Marc Riboud’s photo of young Jan Rose Kasmir was published, but also I have been able to contact Jan Rose Kasmir herself. I was able to find her email online, so I took the chance and sent her an email asking if she would mind sharing some information with me. Not only is she happy to share, but also she is interested in teaching me about the peace which she fights for and understanding my views on the world of peace today. We have now shared a few emails back and forth and I am currently eagerly waiting on a reply to many of my questions. The most exciting point of contacting Kasmir is how enthusiastic she is towards her goals of peace in life, and sharing them with others. In fact, we might have a chance to skype together. This possibility widens my understanding and learning of the photo Marc Riboud shot in 1967 while it also gives me a cause and want to delve as deep as possible into the meaning and impact of the photo itself.
As far as where the photo was published Dr. Renoff was able to help me in finding it in Look Magazine in the December 30, 1969 addition. He has ordered a copy from ebay so hopefully once that comes I will be able to read the article it was published with to understand maybe why it took two years for it to get published.
In addition to that publication Kasmir was able to tell me that it was published in the October issue of Vanity Fair Magazine as the lead picture for the 1960s article. Also, she said that she believes the picture might have made Look in 1967, was in Life Magazine in the Pictures of the Century Edition, and was hung in the Smithsonian. All of this information is what I am now undertaking in order to do more research to possibly find the hard copies of the articles.
At this point I am using my time to work and find these publications as well as wait for Kasmir’s reply to my questions. I did not solely want to ask her questions based off of my point in the research project, but I wanted to know about how she felt on all aspects of the war, which she became a proponent of. For instance, I am curious to see how she felt about the Kent State shooting. I am sure it struck a cord in her to see that National Guard soldiers shot protestors when at the March on the Pentagon she was a protestor who could have suffered a similar fate. Through the process of emailing Kasmir I have been encouraged to think more about how I feel on the whole situation of peace in our world, and how her picture became such an icon of the Vietnam war. The most interesting part of our emails thus far is when I asked her what she was saying to the soldiers. I am so drawn to this because she has not yet given me an answer. In fact, Kasmir wanted to know what I thought she was saying to the soldiers. I gave her my opinion that I think she was different than any other protestors because she was trying to have a conversation with the soldiers. I cannot wait to hear her reply because whether my guess is correct or not much of the picture rides on the fact that she was protesting unlike many others. Knowing what Kasmir was saying and how she was feeling will assist me in recognizing the total impact of the photo. I will have the privilege of her as a primary source. Rather than being forced to believe articles and interviews with the contact of Jan Rose Kasmir I have the ability of knowing the truth and drawing my own conclusions.

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One thought on “Jan Rose Kasmir Post 4

  1. Olivia,

    This is excellent. If it appeared in Look, I’d think the photo would be in few weeks right after the protest. I just ordered a reel of microfilm from July-Dec 1967 of Look Magazine from Ebay. I’ll let you know when I get it and then we can go to the library and look through it.

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