Fifty Photographs: selections from SCUA collections

Greenfield blaze

by James Baker, Dec. 27, 1972

This image of the raw power of a nighttime fire consuming Main Street, Greenfield , Mass., was captured not by a professional photojournalist, but a member of the Brotherhood of the Spirit commune. In the middle of the foreground, the ghostly trace of a firefighters' ladder can barely be seen, drawfed by the flames.