Vice Magazine Taps 1960s Protest Photo for ‘Restless Youth’ Issue

Ann Arbor, Mich. meets Brooklyn, N.Y.

The May issue of Vice magazine features a striking image. If it looks familiar to some readers, that’s because it was taken at another pivotal point in the history of the American protests movement.

Art director Kitron Neuschatz writes that he went through 30 mock-ups before settling on the above final version. From his issue notes:

Licensing the image that we would later mirror was complicated. It originally appeared on the front page of the Ann Arbor News on Thursday, June 19, 1969, with a caption reading, “Girl watches riot police lining South University Avenue.” Later, the Bentley Historical Library cataloged the photo, and with a lot of back and forth, gaining permission to put it on the cover wasn’t easy. But we felt we had to have it.

Using an archival photograph of a police line from the 60s, we hoped to show that perhaps we haven’t made as much progress as one would wish—-that there’s still a pervading atmosphere of hopelessness, which the younger generation continues to fight against. Conflict is timeless. Change is difficult. The reflective and repetitive aspect of the image—the back of the girl, juxtaposed with a seemingly endless army of faceless officers—invokes claustrophobia. We think, in a way, it represents our current state: We’ve been backed into a corner, and there’s no one else to turn to, except ourselves, our generation.

Well articulated. Check out the May issue table of contents here.

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