From the LIFE archives: The Manson Family on Trial

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Michael Durham’s class visit was definitely one of my most treasured Process & Skills sessions. As a photo editor for LIFE Magazine, he shared awe-inspiring anecdotes that illustrated how LIFE used photography to both chronicle and immortalize 20th century culture and events.

I revisited LIFE’s website today and was intrigued to see that, in light of Charles Manson’s controversial wedding announcement, the publication is displaying archived photos from the Manson Family trial.

I’m grateful to the publication for sharing this history with a new generation of readers. This feature also reminds me of the staying power of strong photography and the value of photojournalism to document history in a vivid and engaging way.

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