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Rosenberg vigil III, Boston, 1953

PC044.TMP.017 (RS81096)

Description

In June 1953, Reed spent an afternoon photographing protesters in front of the Massachusetts State House in Boston. Ethel and Julius Rosenberg, who had been convicted in 1951 on espionage charges for passing secrets about nuclear weapons to the Soviet Union, were scheduled to be executed on June 19, 1953. The emotionally charged conflict spilled into the streets, where supporters of clemency clashed with those who favored the death penalty. A writer for Life magazine was trying to cover the story without the aid of a photographer. Seeing Reed, the reporter asked if he would be willing to cover the protests for him. Reed's acceptance marked the beginning of his six-year career as a photojournalist for Life. This particular photo shows a row of protestors seated in front of a statue. Two picket signs rest on the statue behind them.

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Details

Collection Name
Verner Reed photographic collection, 1950-1972
Collection Code
PC044
Dates
1953
Physical Description
1 photograph
Collection Type
Photographs
Description Level
Item
GUSN
193943
Reference Code
PC044.TMP.017

Record details

Originator
Reed, Verner, 1923-2006 (Photographer)
Other People
Rosenberg, Ethel, 1915-1953
Rosenberg, Julius, 1918-1953
Other Organizations
Life Magazine
Descriptive Terms
events
protests
Material Type
black-and-white prints (photographs)
photographs
Places
Boston (Suffolk county, Massachusetts)
Places (Buildings)
Massachusetts State House
Notes
Included in the exhibition, A Changing World: New England in the Photographs of Verner Reed, 1950-1972

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