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San Francisco's Psychedelic Sixties: A Photographic Trip with Kelly Hart

Updated on February 14, 2013

A Photo Book on the Sixties in the Bay Area

In the 1960s, a shy young photographer roamed around Berkeley, Oakland, and San Francisco, taking photos of street scenes. Kelly Hart was particularly intrigued by persons of color, as he hadn't been around them much in his life before then.

His older sister Alexandra and her husband Roland were in the thick of the psychedelic revolution going on, and they put on dance performances that Kelly photographed. He even had some of his pictures published in Playboy.

After I married Kelly in the 1970s, I saw many of those photos. But mostly they just sat in his files. Then recently he got a scanner that was good for scanning photographs, and he got the idea to bring out a book.

Photo credit: This is one of Kelly's photos from the book, used with permission. There are more of his pictures below, also of course with his okay. It shows a technique he used a lot in the psychedic imagery.

See the Book on Amazon - You can examine the first pages there too.

Kelly Hart's sensitivity to the world around him comes out in this book. Since he was in the thick of the 1960s Bay Area events, many of these photos evoke the era.

At first he priced it at the conventional 19.95 but then he realized it would suit the theme better if he made it $19.65, so that is what it sells for!

San Francisco's Psychedelic Sixties: A Photographic Trip with Kelly Hart
San Francisco's Psychedelic Sixties: A Photographic Trip with Kelly Hart

This captures the feeling of the era, which has shaped our lives in so many ways.


At First...

Initially, Kelly was taking black and white portraits, inspired by the work of photographers like Henri Cartier-Bresson and Dorothea Lange as well as the famous Family of Man collection.

Later, the Pictures Reflect a Changing Reality - Using long time exposures to capture a feeling

A Couple More Photography Books About the Sixties

Kelly found these two after his was published, and we enjoyed them both.

The Sixties are Well Represented on Youtube - Here are a few..

Click on any below the larger image to view them.

Other Books About the Sixties on Amazon - Not just San Francisco

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Do you remember the sixties? - Or stories you've heard from others?

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      hartworks lm 5 years ago

      @kcsantos: You're welcome. It was an amazing era!

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      kcsantos 5 years ago

      I was born in the 90s but I'm very fascinated with the life and music back in the 60s. Thank you for this. This is really helpful and interesting!

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      belinda342 5 years ago

      I was born in 1962, so I really only remember the later sixties. A lot has changed. It was a completely different world back then. We've made some real strides in some areas, and it seems we've backslid in some others!