In a Palestinian town on the West Bank, Mairead Maguire (Nobel Peace Prize, 1976) talks with a family whose home was threatened with demolition by Israeli authorities. [Israel/Palestine, 2000]
R. Douglass Peoples (1945-2000), one of my best friends, and the person who introduced me to folk music and to some of the musicians in this portfolio.
Mississippi John Hurt at the 1963 Newport Folk Festival
Bob Dylan and Pete Seeger at the 1963 Newport Folk Festival
Pete Seeger and Tom Paxton at the 1963 Newport Folk Festival
Phil Ochs at the 1963 Newport Folk Festival
Anna Lesznai and Tibor Gergely in their New York apartment, 1963. Both were artists and members of the influential group of Budapest intellectuals, the "Sunday Circle." They emigrated to the US in 1936. Gergely also illustrated many of the classic children's stories published by Little Golden Books.
Robert Fountain, professor of choral music at Oberlin's Conservatory of Music, conducts a rehearsal of Handel's "Messiah" (Oberlin College, fall 1963)
Samdech Preah Maha Ghosananda, Buddhist Patriarch of Cambodia (1929-2007). He led annual walks for peace through his troubled country during the 1990s and after, and it was he who almost single-handedly restored Cambodian Buddhism after the killing and destruction of the Khmer Rouge period.
Between 1975 and 1979, the years of the Pol Pot dictatorship, about a quarter of the Cambodian population perished in Khmer Rouge killing fields, including almost all of the country's Buddhist monks. And as late as the 1990s, guerilla remnants of the Khmers Rouges continued to fight Cambodian government troops. Each year, Maha Ghosananda, the monk who almost single-handedly had restored Buddhism in Cambodia after the holocaust of the Pol Pot regime, led a month-long peace walk through heavily-mined combat zones in rural Cambodia. Maha Ghosananda is standing, center right, in the darker robe, blessing a crowd who had come to hear his dharma talk after a day of walking. Some of these villagers were seeing a Buddhist monk for the first time in many years. [near Takeo, Cambodia, 1996]
Both guerillas and government troops respected the monks and the peace walks did achieve local cease-fires. Midway through the 1996 Dhammayietra Maha Ghosananda wrote to Hun Sen and Norodom Rannariddh, co-prime ministers of Cambodia, and to the democratic opposition leader Sam Rainsy, proposing terms of a general amnesty. This did not happen, but by1999 the last of the Khmer Rouge leaders had surrendered. ©1996
M. Mandabidéa, his son, and their two prize rams [near Urepel, Pyrénées-Atlantiques, France, 1968]
Schoolteacher and students [Gobind Sadan farm, south of Delhi, India] © 1993