When I was a kid in the 60s and 70s, there were always colour supplements lying round the breakfast table. They were the magazines that came with Sunday newspapers like The Sunday Times and The Observer. And the selling point was the strong images they conveyed of key political events. Occasionally, we’d get a copy of Life – the American publication – and I kept copies with the most iconic images.
The “golden age” of Life magazine is normally regarded as being between 1936 and 1972. It’s the photos that adorned its front pages in the late 60s that really struck me. The mad staring eyes of Charles Manson or students in France revolting in 1968. But this one is the most moving. Here’s Coretta Scott King – widow of the assassinated Martin Luther King.