ROCHESTER, NY.-The George Eastman House International Museum of Photography and Film opened the exhibit Conscience The Ultimate Weapon through June 1. A new interpretation of the 1968 Eastman House exhibition featuring civil rights and Vietnam-era photography by Benedict J. Fernandez. More than 800 photographs are part of Conscience The Ultimate Weapon, being presented during the 40th anniversary of the assassinations of Martin Luther King Jr. and Robert Kennedy.
Originally presented as a slideshow, the images will be displayed via multi-media projection accompanied by a music soundtrack featuring songs from the era. The intent of the recreated exhibition is to show the parallel between a turbulent America 40 years ago and today, including issues of race and our country at war. The innovative piece was intended to address the social issues of its day. Today it stands as an important historical document in both medium and message.