Sixties Nudity

 Nudity and expanding one's erotic vistas was an important element of the hippie society.  Peace, nudity, and making love were synergistic. Sex was not a dirty word; the rally cry of the day was 'Make Love Not War'.
 Photos: Each order is custom made from an original transparency or negative and signed by Gene Anthony. 16x20 Iris prints are limited editions of 200 plus 10 Artist' Proofs. Quality of finished prints superior to images displayed. For special request, see available 60s archive images.

Psychedelic Lady (c) Gene Anthony - Click links below for ordering info
Psychedelic Lady
8x10 ~ 16x20


San Gregario Nude Beach (c) Gene Anthony - Click links for ordering info.

San Gregario Beach, a few miles down the coast from Half Moon Bay, got a name for its solitude in the sixties.  The San Francisco Examiner heard that hippies were running around nude in a secluded section of the beach and the gawkers came in droves.  All of us were toting Nikons.  Imagine! Grown men and women walking the beach nude in plain sight of buzzing aircraft, and peeping tourists.  The nude beach phenomenon was additional gress for a growing protest by hippies and nightclub comedians highlighting the times. 8x10 ~ 16x20* 
 Two women stroll topless near San Francisco State College. The women were protesting the fact that people were suggesting a law demanding women wear bras at a time when hippie women were beginning to shed them. 8x10 ~ 16x20

Topless women stroll near San Francisco State College (c) Gene Anthony - Click links for ordering info.

Nude Party in the Haight (c) Gene Anthony - Click links for ordering info.

Nude party of the Sexual Freedom League in the Haight Ashbury, '67. I got the impression that the host tried to focus on the aspect of party fun; games people could play; body painting and spin the bottle.  (A bottle of beer or what ever is laid on the floor and then someone would spin it.  Who ever the bottle stopped at would have to take a drink, remove an item of clothing, then spin the bottle.) 8x10 ~ 16x20

During the waning days of 1967, I heard rumors of strange goings on in North Beach at the old Columbus Theater out on Columbus Avenue near Union Street. In the 60s the theater was showing Chinese movies. A friend told me about having seen an item in Herb Caen’s, San Francisco Chronicle column, about a group calling themselves the Cockettes, who were holding midnight programs consisting of fashion shows, and ‘Campfire’ skits, along with general all around craziness. The shows were all informal on the spot creations based on someone’s whim du jour that lasted till dawn. When I first met some of the cast, I was surprised to see what I thought were women wearing satin and jeweled gowns cut to their butts, hairy arms and backs, and sporting beards. I was able to convince one rendition of the company to pose for me assembled on a cable car. The Cockettes lasted together as a group, for several weeks, in the bay area, then drifted off, turning up again in New York at the end of the decade. 8x10 ~ 16x20
The Cockettes on a Hyde Street Cable car at Hyde and Lombard in San Francisco '67 (c) Gene Anthony - Click links for ordering info.
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