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"Everywhere you turned, there was more interesting people and another interesting photograph," he said. "I was so fascinated by the people and the situation, much more so than the music," he said, adding that concertgoers looked like refugees. Diltz was recruited by promoter Michael Lang, who paid him $500 to be the official photographer. He took thousands of pictures of the musical acts and behind-the-scenes moments. When he wasn't shooting Jimi Hendrix and other performers, Diltz observed the peace and harmony of the communes and the massive crowd. "The message to the world was, 'Look -- we're the peace and love generation. It can work,' " he said. But it wasn't pretty, he said. "There were sleeping bags and piles all over the place. . . . It looked like the aftermath of a big battle, although it was a peaceful battle." Capturing the essence of love and peace, Uzzle's photograph of a young couple gently embracing under a blanket emerges as the most lasting image of Woodstock. Like the photo, the pair -- Nick and Bobbi Ercoline -- have stood the test of time and remain together 40 years after the mythic event.
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