As it seems to be increasingly difficult to get in contact with Jan Rose Kasmir I found it would be best to continue getting the necessary information to build up substantial information about the Jan Rose Kasmir legacy.
With research through the internet providing a large amount of information it’s important I don’t overlook any other sources.
The photo, Jan Rose Kasmir, was published buy Magnum photos and taken by Marc Riboud 1967.
My goal is to gather reactions from the person who saw this photo, Jan Rose Kasmir, in 1967 or the photo taken in 2003 would be able to provide a small amount of information about the community’s reaction further
Smithsonian published an article by Andrew Curry title “Flower Power,” published 2004. Andrew Curry traces the pentagon protest of 1967, going into the life of Jan Rose Kasmir at age 17 and the foster homes she bounced to and from. A quote from the article says, “one of the reasons that photograph became famous is that there was an effort to talk to the soldiers, to convince them to throw down their guns and join us” (Michael kazin). Andrew Curry mentions the protest held in London that Marc attended along with Jan stating an opinion; “-and captured an image of a woman still committed to the ideals of her young. She took with her a poster size copy of the 1967 photograph, invoking the activist legacy of the 1960s against the looming conflict in Iraq” (Curry). This quote shows me that it was noticed by others that she was dedicated to her ideals.
Another source I found in contrast with JRKs protest in London was published by Financial Times (UK). Barbara Oudiz says “it is an image of innocence, the empathy of a flower-child for her adversary, the US armed forces.” Oudiz finally sums up the photo from 1967 with “…a timeless symbol of non-violence and peace.” Clearly it seems that this photo taken pulls viewers to see an innocent girl standing in front of a weapon of massive power and little understanding of the magnitude capable. Barbara mentions little about the London protest stating, “Her life had been no bed of roses, but she was still committed to her ideals.
The flower power moment although it doesn’t seem to be accredited by most, most sources seem to see it as starting in Berkeley, California 1966 standing against the Vietnam war and in 1967 exploding across the US.
Curry, Andrew. “Flower Power.” Smithsonian Apr. 2003: 27-28. Print.
Oudiz, Barbara. “American Youth Had a Beautiful Face That Day'” Financial times 31 May 2004: n. pag. ProQuest Central. Web. 16 Oct. 2013.