Getting lost on the internet is one of my greatest pleasures.  These are some of the best black & white photos I’ve seen, depicting a movement that took place in New Mexico from 1967 – 1971.   Shot by Irwin Klein, these photos appear in a book he put together titled The New Settlers of New Mexico. Some offer a glimpse of what communal living was like back then and some are of individuals, couples, and families.  Klein writes, “These people, with a few exceptions, are new arrivals to an area which is predominantly Spanish-American. Many are children of the urban middle class who have abandoned the drug ghettoes of cities like San Francisco, New York and Seattle, though some come from rural backgrounds. There are dropouts from the universities and relatively “straight- walks” of life and a few old beatniks. As I explored the evolving situations, certain patterns and themes unfolded. Considered as a whole, the book takes the form of a rite of passage from innocence to experience, and there is a development away from the image of the hippie toward older American archetypes like the pioneer and the independent yeoman farmer.”  The images speak for themselves.  You can see more on The Hippie Museum website.

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