Witness to History: Civil Rights Era Photographs by James Karales


Image Credit:
Lewis Marshall Carrying U.S. Flag, Selma to Montgomery March for Voting Rights, 1965
By James Karales (American, 1930-2002)
Vintage gelatin silver print
©Image courtesy of the Estate of James Karales

The Gibbes Museum of Art is showcasing an iconic collection of Civil Rights era photographs by acclaimed photographer James Karales. Engaged as a photo-journalist for Look magazine, Karales witnessed and documented many historic events during the Civil Rights movement and created some of the era’s most iconic images. Between 1960 and 1965, Karales covered stories on the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC), the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) conventions in Birmingham, and finally, the Selma to Montgomery March for voting rights. Karales traveled extensively with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and captured rare and poignant images of the leader in both public and private moments.

On view January 11 through May 12, 2013, this exhibition features forty-five vintage photographs from the Estate of James Karales that offer insight into this remarkable period of history—a period in which the visual image was crucial in communicating the struggle for justice to the world.


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