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Hacking History: Photographer as Witness

December 8, 2014 - 11:40am -- Toby
Brimingham 1963

Images document an event and serve as a time capsule, preserving a moment. But a decision had to be made to take the photograph and assign value to the event. Who was behind the camera?

The series Captured History introduces the photographers behind iconic photographs and examines the historical context for each photograph. In one volume, Birmingham 1963, the American Civil Rights Movement is explored through the lens of Charles Moore's camera. Born in Alabama, Moore served in the U.S. Marine Corps as a photographer. In 1958 he witnessed Martin Luther King being arrested and he recorded the event with pictures. This was before the Internet and social media. Print journalism like magazines and newspapers were a key source of information. Once Moore's photographs were published in mainstream magazines like Life, it become more difficult for readers to claim ignorance about the battle for human rights.

If you are interested in learning more about history and photojournalism, explore the variety of topics within the series. The Library also makes available photographs and digital images online. You don't need to travel around the world to capture history. No matter where you go, there you are. Pick up your camera and look through the lens. What do you see?



Submitted by Anonymous on

This series sounds interesting!