Wednesday, March 17, 2010
Charles Moore, Civil Rights Photographer (1931-2010)
Alabama native and influential photographer Charles Moore has died at the age of 79. Moore repeatedly risked his own personal safety to capture powerful B&W images of the struggle for racial justice in the South in the 1960s. His work is widely credited with bringing the injustices of Southern society to the attention of the nation, mobilizing support for the passage of landmark Civil Rights laws.
Moore is a true southern hero. There are many obituaries for Moore and tributes to the power of his work. Some good ones are here from his agency Black Star, here from the NY Times, and here from the NY Times photo blog. There is an online portfolio of his Civil Rights here.