Syndic No.6
Syndic Literary Journal

Photojournalism: “John A. Kouns” by LeRoy Chatfield

Photojournalism: “John A. Kouns”

Produced by LeRoy Chatfield

 

Photographer John Kouns / Delano 1966 / Photo by Jon Lewis

Publisher’s Note

John A. Kouns grew up in San Jose, California, became a U.S. Navy photographer during the Korean War, and later worked for a time with United Press International in San Francisco. Mr. Kouns says he freelanced for 30 years for food, and photographed the Civil Rights Movement and the Farmworker Movement for the soul. Fifty years later, we are the beneficiaries of his historical work presented in Syndic No.6 – Martin Luther King (Selma, Alabama); Robert F. Kennedy and Cesar Chavez (Delano, California).  All dead now, two assassinated in the prime of their lives (1968) and one, at age 66 died (1993) after thirty-one years of struggle and sacrifice on behalf of  farmworkers.  King/Kennedy/ Chavez – all committed to nonviolence, to civil rights and social justice for the poor and oppressed.   Because of John’s personal commitment – his labor of love – these American heroes live on today and reach out to those who would continue their work.  – LeRoy Chatfield

Dr. Martin Luther King / Selma Alabama / 1963

 

Senator Robert F. Kennedy / Delano California / 1968

 

Cesar Chavez / Delano California / 1966

 

Dr. Martin Luther King / Selma Alabama / 1963

 

Senator Robert F. Kennedy With Cesar Chavez / Delano California / 1968

 

Cesar Chavez Organizing Farmworkers / Delano California / 1966

Authors/Artists Bios

John A. Kouns grew up in San Jose, California and became a U.S. Navy photographer during the Korean War and later worked for a time with United Press International in San Francisco. Mr. Kouns freelanced for 30 years for food, and photographed the Civil Rights Movement and the Farmworker Movement for the soul.
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