Rosenberg vigil I, Boston, 1953

Collection Type

  • Photography

Date

1953

GUSN

GUSN-193937

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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 protestors holding placards either for or against the Rosenbergs.

Details

Descriptive Terms

protests
picket signs
events
black-and-white prints (photographs)
photographs

Physical Description

1 photograph

Collection Code

PC044

Collection Name

Verner Reed photographic collection, 1950-1972

Reference Code

PC044.TMP.016

Places

Boston (Suffolk county, Massachusetts)

Record Details

Originator

Reed, Verner, 1923-2006 (Photographer)

Material Type

black-and-white prints (photographs)
photographs

Other People

Rosenberg, Ethel, 1915-1953
Rosenberg, Julius, 1918-1953

Other Organizations

Life Magazine

Accruals Note

Included in the exhibition, A Changing World: New England in the Photographs of Verner Reed, 1950-1972.

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