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Jacobus Willem Rentmeester (aka Co Rentmeester)

(Amsterdam, Netherlands, February 28, 1936 – )

Watts Riots: firefights working to put out store that was set on fire by rioters, Los Angeles, August 1965
Vintage gelatin silver print on paper
6 1/2 x 9 1/2 in. (16.51 x 24.13 cm)

Creation Place: North America
Technique: Photography
Credit Line: Restricted gift of Michael Mattis and Judy Hochberg in honor of Myrlie Evers-Williams.
Accession Number: P2021.13.1133

Commentary
The Watts Riots, sometimes referred to as the Watts Rebellion, took place in the Watts neighborhood of Los Angeles from August 11 to 16, 1965. On August 11, Marquette Frye, a black motorist on parole for robbery, was pulled over for reckless driving. A minor roadside argument broke out and then escalated into a fight with police. False rumors spread that the police had hurt a pregnant woman; and six days of looting and arson followed. Los Angeles police needed the support of nearly 4,000 members of the California Army National Guard to quell the riots, which resulted in 34 deaths and over $40 million in property damage. The riots were blamed principally on police racism. It was the city's worst unrest until the Rodney King riots of 1992.

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On verso: manuscript artist's credits, manuscript title, manuscript date, Life Magazine stamp and agency stamp.

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Dimensions
  • Image Dimensions: 6 1/2 x 9 1/2 in. (16.51 x 24.13 cm) Measured by Hudson, Karen
  • Sheet Dimensions: 8 x 9 7/8 in. (20.32 x 25.08 cm) Measured by Hudson, Karen


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