Resurrection City, 1968

Old news
Freedman, Jill, photographer

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  • "Steven Kasher Gallery is proud to announce a major exhibition, Jill Freedman: Resurrection City, 1968. The exhibition features over 70 black and white vintage prints of photographs made by Jill Freedman in the protest camp built on the Washington Mall as the culmination of the Poor People's Campaign. Freedman's sustained pictorial effort is one of the lasting achievements of photography as social protest in America. This work was published in book form in 1971, but has never been exhibited previously. This exhibition coincides with the release of a new book, Jill Freedman: Resurrection City, 1968, published by Damiani, and marks the 50th anniversary of the death of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr."--Steven Kasher Gallery website.
  • "In May of 1967, Martin Luther King, Jr. announced the Poor People's Campaign to demanded economic and human rights for poor Americans of diverse backgrounds. The Campaign was organized by King and the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, and carried out under the leadership of Ralph Abernathy in the wake of Dr. King's assassination. After presenting an organized set of demands to Congress and executive agencies, participants set up a 3,000-person protest camp called Resurrection City on the Washington Mall, where they stayed for six weeks in the spring of 1968. Published in 1970, 'Old News: Resurrection City' was photographer Jill Freedman's first book. The book documents the encampment in all its complexity Freedman lived in the encampment for its entire six weeks, photographing the residents, their daily lives, their protests, and their eventual eviction. The new 50th anniversary edition of the book, titled 'Resurrection City, 1968' will reprint most of the 185 pictures from the original publication, presenting them in a more vivid printing and design. Freedman's hard-hitting original text is included as well. Two introductory essays are included, by John Edwin Mason, historian of African history and the history of photography at the University of Virginia, and by Aaron Bryant, Curator of Photography, Visual Culture, and Contemporary Political History at the National Museum of African American History and Culture."--Publisher's description.


  • First published in 1970 under title "Old news. Resurrection City" by Grossman Publishers.
  • Catalog of an exhibition held at the Steven Kasher Gallery, New York, October 26-December 22, 2017.


  • Foreword / Jill Freedman -- Seeing resurrection city, seeing the poor / John Edwin Mason -- Jill Freedman: visual discourse on gender and civil rights leadership / Aaron Bryant -- Plates -- About the artist -- About the contributors -- Acknowledgements
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