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The National Archives Hosts “Eye on the 60s” Program April 21
Press Release · Wednesday, Mar 5, 2014

Washington, DC

Washington, DC…On Thursday, April 21, at 7 p.m., the National Archives will present a special program titled: Eye on the 60s: The Iconic Photography of Rowland Scherman. These event is free and open to the public and will be held in the William G. McGowan Theater of the National Archives Museum in Washington, DC. Attendees should use the Special Events entrance on Constitution Avenue at 7th Street, NW. Metro accessible on the Yellow and Green lines, Archives/Navy Memorial/Penn Quarter station.

Eye on the 60s (2013; 89 minutes) offers an intimate portrait of former LIFE photographer Rowland Scherman and how his photographic eye captured the essence of America’s most remarkable decade. The film gives insight into breathtaking events and features candid recollections with major celebrities and politicians. Scherman was the first Peace Corps photographer, an insider to the Kennedy and Shriver families, and the creator of an astounding record of the March on Washington. Following the screening, filmmaker Chris Szwedo will be joined by Edith Lee-Payne, who as a 12-year-old girl was the subject of one of Sherman's most famous images, taken at the March on Washington. Read Ms. Payne’s account of this incredible story online. Her story is also captured in a National Archives video short. Please note: The audio and video portions of this film featuring Rowland Scherman were recorded by Chris Szwedo and were used with his permission. Those portions of the film are copyrighted by Mr. Szwedo and are not in the public domain.

The National Archives has extensive online holdings from the March on Washington, including the film The March, which was digitally restored by the National Archives Film Preservation Lab. Details and links are online.

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