Elizabeth (Beth) Sunflower Photographer Elizabeth Sunflower (nee Bagby) died of an aneurysm on July 30, 2008. She was 65. She began her career covering jazz funerals while a student at Tulane University-work referenced in "Blue Monday," a biography of Fats Domino. Beth's photos of the ill-fated 1969 Rolling Stones concert at Altamont were frequently reproduced and are featured in current DVD's of the documentary "Gimme Shelter." National newswires picked up her images of Manson Family member Lynette "Squeaky" Fromme's attempt to assassinate President Ford in 1975. In the 1960s and '70s, Beth lived in North Beach alongside the beat generation, hippies and social activists. Her photos appeared in City Lights Books' publications and were part of the 1997 "Summer of Love" retrospective at the Ansel Adams Center for Photography in San Francisco. Images of Cesar Chavez and the United Farm Workers convey her abiding empathy for the disadvantaged. Her beloved husband Robert Klein; five siblings: Emily Ady, Tom Bagby, Tim Brady, Kita Curry and Julia Throckmorton, and a large extended family survive her.
Published in San Francisco Chronicle on Aug. 31, 2008.