>'60S STILL VIVID IN BEATLES, VIETNAM EXHIBITS
>By Jodie Jacobs
> A gripping helicopter rescue of wounded comrades near Da Nang. The
>Beatles welcomed by a screaming crowd at New York's Kennedy Airport.
>Both of those images from the 1960s are in the Chicago Historical
>Society's recently opened dual exhibition -- "Requiem: By the
>Photographers Who Died in Vietnam and Indochina," and "The Beatles:
>Now and Then."The double bill pairs two separate exhibits, mounted by
>the Newseum, an Arlington, Va., museum, that take visitors behind the
>scenes of news reporting.
> "We saw this as an opportunity to present very contrasting stories
>about the 1960s," says Phyllis Rabineau, the Historical Society's
>deputy director for interpretation and education. "We're interested in
>bringing to the public history that people remember. These are news
>stories about what happened at that time. Many of us remember both."
>Newseum exhibit developer Cara Sutherland hopes that as visitors walk
>past "Requiem's" gut-wrenching scenes and "The Beatles' " photos of
>the band's pillow fights, they will also think about the people behind
>the camera and the connection between product and producer. "Requiem"
>was compiled by photojournalists Horst Faas and Tim Page in 1997 as a
>tribute to 135 photographers who died in Southeast Asia. It expanded a
>similar, smaller project that Faas did in the mid-1990s for Newseum's
>parent, the Freedom Forum, a nonpartisan, international foundation
>dedicated to free press and free speech.
>"Horst wanted awareness that photographers were also victims of war,"
>Sutherland says. " `Requiem' is not about the war as to who was right,
>who was wrong or this happened, then that happened. . . . Its goal is
>to make people understand that when they see a photograph, there is a
>human being taking the picture and that photojournalists were putting
>their lives on the line. People looking at `Requiem' are looking at
>the work of photographers who did not come home."
>Unlike "Requiem," an approximately 185-piece collection of works by
>several photographers, "The Beatles" is a 70-piece exhibit by one
>photographer, Harry Benson. A London-based freelancer when he covered
>the band on their early 1964 trips to Paris and the United States,
>Benson stayed in the States, going on to cover celebrities from U.S.
>presidents to movie stars.
>Beatles coverage "shaped his career. The labels under the pictures are
>his words. They are what he is feeling at the moment. It's so
>personal. Both exhibits are," Sutherland says.
>"Requiem: By the Photographers Who Died in Vietnam and Indochina" and
>"The Beatles: Now and Then" can be seen now through Oct. 9 at the
>Chicago Historical Society, Clark Street at North Avenue. Museum
>hours: 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Mondays-Saturdays, noon-5 p.m. Sundays.
>Suggested admission is $5 adults, $3 seniors and students with valid
>school IDs ages 13-22, $1 children ages 6-12, free for members and
>children under 6. Free admission on Mondays. For more information call
>312-642-4600 or see the Web site at www.chicagohistory.org.
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