Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Photos by Bob Fitch will be on display at CSUMB's main library for three months

Approximately 50 images from the Bob Fitch Photography Archive at Stanford Libraries will be exhibited throughout the Tanimura & Antle Library at CSUMB starting March 3.

The photos depict historical events from the peace, social justice and cultural movements of the 1960s and ’70s.

Professor Richard Bains has worked for two years to bring the exhibit to campus. “It’s a wonderful opportunity for students and the local community to see these photos,” Bains said in a press release.

Fitch trained to be an engineer, and then a Protestant minister. In 1966, while working as staff photographer for the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, he took what has become an iconic shot of Martin Luther King, Jr. The photograph served as the model for the Martin Luther King Monument in Washington, D.C. Taken in Atlanta, it captured King with his arms crossed, staring to his right. An illustration of Mahatma Gandhi hangs nearby.

Another Fitch photo served as the model for the Cesar Chavez commemorative postage stamp. His work has been featured in two Smithsonian traveling exhibits and been reproduced globally.

He has captured images of the farm worker movement, Dorothy Day and the Catholic Workers, and Joan Baez and the peace movement, as well as the Civil Rights movement.

Fitch, 77, lives in Watsonville. In 2012, he visited CSUMB to talk on “My Eyes Have Seen: Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and the Black Civil Rights Movement,” as part of Black History Month.

Most of the photos will be displayed in the third floor study area of the Tanimura & Antle Library, others will be exhibited throughout the building. Library hours are 8 a.m. to midnight Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. to midnight Sunday. Driving directions and a campus map are available here.

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