Being There with Fred Lonidier, MFA ’73

“This is the head of security for campus (right), this is Chancellor McGill (left), and he just walks up and puts his hands around them, and I just happened to be right there. That’s the one thing a photographer has to be: is right there, at the right time.” — Fred Lonidier, MFA ’73

That’s the one thing a photographer has to be:
is right there, at the right time.

Fred Lonidier, MFA ’73, has a long history with UC San Diego, from graduate student to professor to faculty emeritus. When it comes to campus activism in the years surrounding 1969, Fred was at the forefront of it all, capturing much of it through the lens of his camera. We caught up with Fred at his home near campus to talk about the backstories behind some of his shots of that era.

 

Newton Harrison – Revelle Plaza Bodybags Anti-War Art

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29 Arrests

Student Occupation of Urey Hall