Friday, September 4, 2009

The Soiling of Old Glory - by Stan Forman

From Wikipedia -
"The Soiling of Old Glory is a Pulitzer Prize winning photograph taken for the Boston Herald American in 1976 by Stanley Forman.

The photograph depicts a white teenager, Joseph Rakes, about to assault black lawyer and civil-rights activist Ted Landsmark with a flagpole bearing the American flag. It was taken in Boston on April 5, 1976, during a protest against court-ordered desegregation busing. It ran on the front page of the Herald American the next day, and also appeared in several newspapers across the country. It won the 1977 Pulitzer Prize for Spot Photography."

I believe this is the first time the sequence of photographs leading up to this historic image have been displayed. Stan's camera jammed twice just before the final image. Click the image to view a larger copy.

This strip of negatives was scanned in a Nikon Super Coolscan 9000 with a Nikon glass mount carrier. I needed to scan the strip once from each end and once for the middle due to its length.
Photoshop CS4 Photomerge took care of piecing things together.

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