May 19, 2013

Paris, May 1968

May Protest by Göksin Sipahioglu

"The May 1968 events in France were a volatile period of civil unrest punctuated by massive general strikes and the occupation of factories and universities across France. It was the largest general strike ever attempted in France, and the first ever nation-wide wildcat general strike. At the height of its fervor, the unrest virtually brought the entire advanced capitalist economy of France to a dramatic halt. The events would have a resounding impact on French society that would be felt for decades to come." - Wikipedia

Göksin Sipahioglu, acclaimed photojournalist and founder of the Sipa photo agency, was one of those photographers in between riot police and student and other protesters in the streets of Paris. 

[via] "Göksin was fascinated by the May 68 events and covered them all, day by day, hour by hour. He was present at the very first demonstrations in early May. He was also present when Odéon and the Sorbonne were evacuated by the police force. He was even the only one to photograph the infamous thugs (katangais) who occupied the place. For a long time all these photos remained unknown and were very little published. It was only in 1998 during the Mois de la Photo in Paris that Göksin exhibited them for the first time. It should be noted that Göksin was hit by a teargas grenade right in the face which most luckily did not explode."

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