The massive image: solar’s out, bums out! Isle of Wight pageant,1969
A hundred and fifty thousand folks camped out on the 1969 Isle of Wight pageant to see Bob Dylan return to a dwell stage for the primary time in three years. The photographer David Hurn, then 35, bought a number of photos of Dylan’s set, however he was extra curious about turning his digicam on the gang than the performers. That yr’s pageant, on the finish of August, got here a few weeks after Woodstock and was maybe the closest Britain’s festivalgoers ever got here to the genuine spirit of the summer season of affection.
Hurn, who grew up in Wales, had been on the frontline of a lot of the Nineteen Sixties; in addition to documenting indelible photos of early Beatlemania, he had shot the movie posters for Sean Connery’s James Bond in From Russia With Love and Jane Fonda’s Barbarella. The 1969 pageant, which got here a month after the moon touchdown and the loss of life of Brian Jones, felt like a final hurrah for the last decade. Hurn slept close to the seaside and not using a tent with the opposite festivalgoers and when lots of of individuals plunged bare-arsed into the ocean on the Sunday morning he felt he ought to affix in and get bare himself. No different photographer was round to seize this scene, which, for all of the cheerful nudity, is made by the presence of the boat at anchor, making the festivalgoers seem like a not too long ago found, and distinctly hedonistic, island tribe.
It’s included in a brand new monograph of Hurn’s favorite photos from the weekend. Others present dad and mom with infants and younger youngsters mingling with stoned youngsters and one or two recreation older residents of the island. “There was no violence, folks took medication and had intercourse brazenly and the police have been tolerantly detached. It appeared to me extremely human,”Hurn, now 86, suggests. “I actually do like watching a lot of folks take pleasure in themselves.”
Isle of Wight Competition 1969 by David Hurn is revealed by Cafe Royal Books