French-born photographer, educator and long-time ArtSeed friend and advisor Michelle Vignes (1928-2012) photographed major social movements of the past half-centuryâ€™s American history. She moved to San Francisco in 1966. Recording important events of political and cultural change she captured Native Americansâ€™ 1969-1971 occupation of Alcatraz Island, the American Indian Movementâ€™s 1973 occupation of Wounded Knee, Vietnam War protesters burning draft cards, Black Panthers, daily life in Mexican pueblos, Oaklandâ€™s vibrant blues scene in the 1980s, and gospel singers at the Holy Ghost Deliverance Temple in Berkeley. Vignesâ€™ acclaimed black-and-white photographs have appeared in publications around the world, including Time, Life, Vogue, and Newsweek. Vignes received numerous awards, including the Chevalier des Arts des Lettres by Franceâ€™s Minister of Culture and the Oakland Museumâ€™s Dorothea Lange Award for distinguished work by a woman photographer. In 2003 Michelle Vignesâ€™ archives were acquired by UC Berkeleyâ€™s Bancroft Library.Â Click to Read Interview.
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