Give Peace A Chance 1/6 What We Did
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Give Peace A Chance

Were we there in 1969? Nope. I wish we were. In celebration of the 35th Anniversary of John + Yoko’s 8-day Montreal ‘Bed in for Peace’, an exhibit was planned. Mercer became involved through a creative friend who asked us to promote ‘Give Peace a Chance’ - the unpublished photographs shot for Life Magazine in the sixties by Gerry Deiter. When we heard about this very special creative spirit who had lived out his life in voluntary simplicity on a wooden boat along the ports of Vancouver Island, our heads filled with intrigue, admiration and hope. Gerry understood well the tender, precious seeds of a seemingly simple event, if tended by a community with the right spirit, could transcend into a moment that would later be defined as history. Back then Gerry also intuitively knew in real time he was photographing not only an event and its anti-war sentiment, but an entire era. In 2004, he wanted to share his time capsule with the world. We were honoured to promote and sponsor along with Amnesty International, ‘Give Peace a Chance’ which was held at the Elliott Louis Gallery. Photographer Gerry Deiter died soon after.