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Stock Photography of Famous Baby Boomers

Famousfaces.org has a unique collection of high-quality portraits taken by Don Rutt. These stock photos are 35MBs in size, and are also offered in a 1MB size. From the former Prime Minister of England, Sir Harold Wilson, to the famous Watergate conspirator, G. Gordon Liddy, their character is captured in these B&W portraits. If you are interested in downloading any of these images, please click on the link to fabulousfaces.com , then go to “browse images”.

Sir Harold Wilson
Sir Harold Wilson (1916-1995)

Harold Wilson first entered Parliament in 1945, and as a member of the labour party became prime minister in 1964. He served until 1970, when he was unexpectedly defeated, but was elected again in 1974. In 1976 he surprised many by resigning as prime minister, but was knighted the same year, and retained his seat in Commons until he was created a life peer in 1983. Sir Harold Wilson was the longest searving Labour prime minister. He passed away in 1995.

While I was photographing him we talked about the famous portrait of Winston Churchill taken by Yousuf Karsh. Mr. Wilson told me Churchill was preoccupied with the war and Karsh was not having any luck keeping his attention during the portrait session. With his 8x10 view camera ready, Karsh snatched the cigar from the Englishman’s mouth and as the prime minister glared in disbelief, the world’s most famous photograph was taken. Harold Wilson told me it was Churchill’s favorite photograph of himself and he told Karsh he was impressed that the photographer was able to make a roaring lion sit still. Karsh entitled the photo, Roaring Lion. Mr. Wilson also told me that a portrait was painted of every prime minister and Winston Churchill hated his so much that he had one of the gardeners secretly wrap up and bury his oil painting somewhere in the gardens of Number 10 Downing Street.

Abbie Hoffman
Abbie Hoffman (1936-1989)

Abbie “Abbott” Hoffman became one of the best known protesters of our time. In 1968 he gained national attention when he was arrested during the Democratic National Convention in Chicago. He and seven others were arrested and tried for “conspiracy and “inciting to riot.” The others arrested during his Vietnam protest were, Jerry Rubin, David Dellinger, Rennie Davis, John Froines, Lee Weiner, future California state senator, Tom Heyden, and Black Panther co-founder Bobby Seale. Bobby Seale was removed from the original group and was tried separately, leaving the group at seven. Abbie made a mockery of the famous Chicago seven conspiracy trial, but was still sentenced to five years in prison. No jail time was served as all convictions were overturned by the Seventh District Court of Appeals.

In 1973 Hoffman was arrested again, but this time on drug charges. He claimed police planted a large quantity of cocaine in his office. He skipped bail and went into hiding for several years, but still organized and coordinated many campaigns under the name of “Barry Freed.” In 1980 he surrendered to the police and was jailed for one year. After he was released, he continued protesting, and was arrested with a group of people including, Amy Carter as they protested the CIA’s campus recruiting policies.

In the sixties he proclaimed he didn’t trust anyone over thirty. When I photographed him he was 48 years old, and told me he trusted no one under 30, and said there was an alarming amount of “political rest” on college campuses. I believe he was very frustrated about the injustices in the world, and tried his best to change them. In 1989 he took an overdose of Phenobarbital. It was ruled a suicide, but many of his closest friends claimed it was accidental

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