Chicago 1968: The Whole World is Watching
In fall of 2018, Land and Sea Dept. partnered with LA-based Hat & Beard Press on the opening of Chicago 1968: The Whole World is Watching, a new book and photo exhibition featuring the work of Terry Southern and Michael Cooper.
Timed to coincide with the 50-year anniversary of the 1968 Democratic National Convention protests, the 136-page book features dozens of Michael Cooper’s unpublished never-before-seen photographs. Limited edition prints from the book were hung at LSD HQ from September 14 - October 7, and Land and Sea Dept. hosted a party to celebrate the exhibition's opening.
With Chicago 1968: The Whole World is Watching, Editors Nile Southern and Adam Cooper, having dreamt for many years about a print collaboration featuring their fathers’ collective work, present a kaleidoscopic, on-the-ground account of the notorious protests (and historic riots that followed) that took place in Lincoln and Grant parks during the 1968 Democratic National Convention, 50 years ago this summer.
Told primarily through Terry Southern’s words and Michael Cooper’s photographs, Chicago 1968: The Whole World is Watching is Nile and Adam’s tribute to two great artists of the 20th century, who happen to be their fathers.
Proto-New Journalist, novelist, and screenwriter Terry Southern (Candy, The Magic Christian, Dr. Strangelove, Easy Rider) traveled to Chicago that fateful year to report on the convention with William S. Burroughs and Jean Genet for Esquire magazine. Rock photographer extraordinaire Michael Cooper, famous for his indelible images of the Rolling Stones and the cover of the Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Heart's Club album, was there as the all-seeing lens. Together they captured the turbulence and civil unrest from which the whole country was reeling that year and crystallized it in words and pictures for all of time.