This Light of Ours: Activist Photographers of the Civil Rights Movement

This Light of Ours Activist Photographers of the Civil Rights Movement This Light of Ours Activist Photographers of the Civil Rights Movement is a paradigm shifting publication that presents the Civil Rights Movement through the work of nine activist photographers men an

  • Title: This Light of Ours: Activist Photographers of the Civil Rights Movement
  • Author: Leslie G. Kelen Julian Bond Clayborne Carson Matt Herron Charles E. Cobb Jr.
  • ISBN: 9781617031717
  • Page: 268
  • Format: Hardcover
  • This Light of Ours Activist Photographers of the Civil Rights Movement is a paradigm shifting publication that presents the Civil Rights Movement through the work of nine activist photographers men and women who chose to document the national struggle against segregation and other forms of race based disenfranchisement from within the movement Unlike images produced by pThis Light of Ours Activist Photographers of the Civil Rights Movement is a paradigm shifting publication that presents the Civil Rights Movement through the work of nine activist photographers men and women who chose to document the national struggle against segregation and other forms of race based disenfranchisement from within the movement Unlike images produced by photojournalists, who covered breaking news events, these photographers lived within the movement primarily within the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee SNCC framework and documented its activities by focusing on the student activists and local people who together made it happen.The core of the book is a selection of 150 black and white photographs, representing the work of photographers Bob Adelman, George Ballis, Bob Fitch, Bob Fletcher, Matt Herron, David Prince, Herbert Randall, Maria Varela, and Tamio Wakayama Images are grouped around four movement themes and convey SNCC s organizing strategies, resolve in the face of violence, impact on local and national politics, and influence on the nation s consciousness The photographs and texts of This Light of Ours remind us that the movement was a battleground, that the battle was successfully fought by thousands of ordinary Americans among whom were the nation s courageous youth, and that the movement s moral vision and impact continue to shape our lives.

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    1. Stunning. The most important book I've read in years. In a haunting touch of immediacy, I found a preface written by someone who lives in Salt Lake City, my current home; learned that Hattiesburg, MS, my college town, was a battleground area that housed volunteers from all over the nation; and found a white woman's face from Louisiana (where I grew up) to be the most frightening photograph in the book. There are several pictures, actually, that show the arrogance, vitriol, and downright haughty [...]

    2. I was fortunate enough to see these photographs in person, hear the photographers themselves during programs (Bob Fletcher & Tamio Wakayama), & lead school groups on tours when the exhibition was at The Florida Holocaust Museum. Looking at the civil rights movement through the lens of activist photographers is very different from seeing newspaper pictures or newsreels focusing on movement leaders - we see the ordinary people who made up the movement & put their lives on the line to d [...]

    3. These photographers risked their lives to document the struggle for the right to vote and equal rights.Inspiring, especially the interviews and Matt Herron's essay.

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