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After Decades Out of Print, Iconic '60's Poster "Little Girl on the Beach" by John Pearson Is Available Exclusively From Amoeba

Posted by Billyjam, February 4, 2013 04:49pm | Post a Comment

After decades of being out of print, iconic sixties image Little Girl on the Beach by John Pearson is finally available again as a 21 1/4" x 18" black & white poster, distributed exclusively through Amoeba Music. The subject of the photograph is actually one of Amoeba Music's owners, Karen Pearson, who was four years of age when her father snapped the iconic image on a Bay Area beach in 1965. Not planned or staged/posed in any way, the casually taken photo began its ubiquitous life almost by accident when, upon the suggestion of others in the Bay Area Photographers Association, it was entered as part of a children's alphabet themed exhibit in the San Francisco Art Festival that year. The photo, chosen to represent "J for Joy" in the festival, would go on to become globally popular, and would also become Pearson's best known photograph.

Originally one of ten photographs on a roll of film (in the pre-digital age) that Pearson shot on Stinson Beach in Marin County, the photo was first printed as a 5" x 7" scale print. He then blew that up into a larger size print to enter it in the San Francisco Art Festival. From there the photo took on a life of its own; first as a poster that became a classic of the '60s and '70s, and then as the cover of two books - Pearson's own first publication (one of eight books he would publish), To Be Nobody Else, and later the best selling book, Born to Win: Transactional Analysis With Gestalt Experiments by Muriel James and Dorothy Jongeward, published in 1966. The image resonated with a generation and a time in history - many finding the simple but profound image conveyed messages of freedom and hope, joy and happiness, and peace with nature.
 

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