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Bob Dylan head shots, The Castle, LA, CA, 1965

Bob Dylan head shots, The Castle, LA, CA, 1965

Over the past four decades, Lisa Law’s still and moving images have chronicled the social and cultural changes in America.

Her career as a photographer began in the early sixties, working as an assistant to a manager in the rock and roll scene. Whether she was backstage with The Beatles, Peter, Paul and Mary, The Kingston Trio, Otis Redding, The Lovin’ Spoonful, The Velvet Underground, The Byrds, taking promotional photographs of Janis Joplin and Big Brother, or at home at the castle making dinner for house guests like Bob Dylan or Andy Warhol or helping feed hundreds of thousands at Woodstock with the Hog Farm Commune, her passion for photography grew into a profession.

While in San Francisco bay area in 1967, she chronicled the life of the flower children in the Haight Ashbury. She carried her camera wherever she went, to the Human Be-In and the anti-Vietnam march in San Francisco, to the Monterey Pop Festival and then on to the communes of New Mexico in the late Sixties and early Seventies.

Lisa’s book, ‘Flashing on the Sixties’, is now in its 4th edition. The book is a unique pictorial record of the Sixties, reflecting Lisa’s indefatigable search for memorable human images. Her second book, ‘Interviews with Icons, Flashing On The Sixties’ includes her interviews from her video of the same name, which has won 4 major awards at film festivals.

Lisa has specialized in documenting history as she has experienced it. As a mother, writer, photographer, director and social activist, her work reveals distinctive communities of people in the US and Latin America. Her perspective is rare and unique reflecting a sense of intimacy and spontaneity that is rarely seen by “outsiders”.

Lisa’s work has been published in over 60 books and on 45 record albums, CDs and tapes. Her editorial credits include Time, People, Newsweek, The Los Angeles Times, The Chicago Tribune, Rolling Stone, High Times, Hemp Times, Vogue, Esquire, and National Geographic.

Her work is now in many museums and private collections including the Museum of American History at the Smithsonian.

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