Marilyn Monroe and JFK, the Hells Angels to Vietnam: Bill Ray has captured them all. The Life Magazine staff photographer, featured in our recent publication “Both Sides of Sunset: Looking at Los Angeles,” is a master photographer of our generation, never shying away from capturing the essence of our culture, no matter how high the stakes.
Interviewed for America Tonight at Hamburg Kennedy’s Chelsea gallery space, Bill discusses his images from the 1965 Los Angeles Watts Riots
The August 1965 Riots were among the bloodiest, costliest and — in the five decades since they erupted — most analyzed uprisings of the notoriously unsettled mid-1960s. Rays work documented an utterly marginalized world that few people ever get to see up close.
See his interview below and more of Ray’s work available here at HKP.