Originally Posted by Colin Corneau
As to the commentary, no doubt it was a gentler and more civilized life...
Not really for people who belonged to racial or sexual minorities, were women, or were drafted into war. I love the work of several 60s and 70s U.S. photographers and writers (Winogrand, Meyerowitz, Joan Didion) but it was anything but a gentle or more civilized time, as some of their work actually shows, not to mention the raw war photography of the time (infinitely better than today's war reportage, by the way). I think many if us born around those times tend to romanticize a past that never was simply because we saw it from the limited awareness of our childhood or youth. (My own childhood/youth seemed gentle and civilized, and I grew up in a murderous dictatorship, to give some perspective.)