Iconic photographer and photo-journalist Bob Fitch passed away last year. This interview is a tribute to his unique life, valuable work, and great art. Bob’s photo archives are a principal source for the iconic images of the peace, social justice and cultural movements of the last 60 years including intimate photo documentary of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and the Black Civil Rights Movement; Cesar Chavez and the United Farmworkers; Dorothy Day and the Catholic Workers; Joan Baez and David Harris and the Draft Resistance; Fathers Phillip and Daniel Berrigan; Congressman Ronald V. Dellums and other participants in this vibrant period of history. Such is the quality and significance of Bob’s work that in October 2013 Bob's images were acquired by Stanford University to establish the Bob Fitch Photographic Archive at the Stanford University Libraries. Bob’s photographs have also been featured in two Smithsonian traveling exhibits. Bob moved to Watsonville, CA in 2008 where he managed his photo archives and, although affected by Parkinson’s disease, remained active in community empowerment programs until his death.
Photos L to R: Dr MLK Jr by Bob Fitch; Bob Fitch by David Bacon; Dorothy Day by Bob Fitch. © Stanford University Libraries, Department of Special Collection
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