Obituary: David Myers

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HE WAS the conscientious objector in a cowboy hat who planted trees for the US Forest Service during World War II, thus unwittingly preempting the mood that would grip his people more than two decades later, when the hippies preached of peace and smoked dope, as the soldiers and civilians died in Vietnam.

The spirit of these times was expressed in 1969 on the mud of Woodstock where Jimi, Hendrix, Country Joe and the Fish, The Who, Joan Baez, Joe Cocker, Arlo Guthrie and Richie Havens, were among those to perform at the most celebrated of the rock festivals.

And David Myers was there to film it for Woodstock, the three-hour documentary film of the festival, which became an international success.

New York-born Myers began his career as a still photographer after being deeply moved by the images of Walker Evans, which he judged to be a moral analysis of the Great Depression.

He was a conscientious objector when America entered the war and worked in forests and later in a mental hospital, where he photographed the patients.

Although still photography remained his staple, he gradually switched to movie work and was drawn to the hip pie culture. …