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photographer , photojournalist

Herbert Eugene Randall, American photographer, consultant. Fellow Whitney fellowship, John Hay Whitney Foundation, 1964-1965; grantee, Creative Artists Public Service Program, 1971-1972.


Randall, Herbert Eugene was born on December 16, 1936 in Riverhead, New York, United States. Son of Herbert Eugene Randall and Jane Margaret Paul.


Randall studied photography under Harold Feinstein in 1957. From 1958 to 1966, he worked as a freelance photographer for various media organizations. His photographs were used by the Associated Press, United Press International, Black Star, various television stations, and other American and foreign publications.

Randall was also a founding member of the Kamoinge Workshop, a forum for African-American photographers, in New York City in 1963.


Randall is of Shinnecock, African-American and West Indian ancestry. In 1964, Sanford R. Leigh, the Director of Mississippi 's Hattiesburg project, persuaded Randall to photograph the effects of the Civil Rights Movement in Hattiesburg, Mississippi. Randall had a Whitney Fellowship for that year, and had been looking for a project.

He spent the entire summer photographing solely in Hattiesburg, among the African-American community and among the volunteers in area projects such as the Freedom Schools, Voter Registration, and the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party campaign. Only five of Randall's photographs were published in the summer of 1964. One seen worldwide was the bloodied, concussed Rabbi Arthur Lelyveld, head of a prominent Cleveland congregation and former conscientious objector to World War II. However, most of his photographs sat in a file at the Shinnecock Reservation, on Long Island, New York.

In 1999, Randall donated 1800 negatives to the archives of The University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg. He and Bobs Tusa, the archivist at USM, wrote Faces of , which was published by the University of Alabama Press in 2001. Faces is the only record of a single town in the midst of the Civil Rights revolution in America.

At the time, the Hattiesburg Project was overlooked and unpublicised by the Civil Rights Movement. Randall returned to New York after , to continue his career in photography. He served as Coordinator of Photography for the New York City Board of and as a Photographic Consultant to the National Media Center Foundation.

He was awarded the Creative Artist's Public Service Grant for Photography for 1971-72. Randall's photographs have appeared in exhibitions at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, The Brooklyn Museum, The Art Institute of Pittsburgh, and other notable museums. His photographs are in the permanent collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Museum of Modern Art, Brooklyn Museum and Parrish Art Museum.

He has also served on numerous museum boards.


  • Other Work

    • Co-author: Faces of Freedom Summer, 2001. Photographer: People Magazine, 1999, The New York Times, 2001, The Parrish Art Museum, Museum Modern Art, Metropolitan Museum Art, University Southern Mississippi, George Eastman House, exhibitions International Center Photography, Art Institute Pittsburgh, The Corcoran Gallery Art, The High Museum Art, The Studio Museum. Photographs The Sweet Breath of Life, 2004, (exhibitions) G.R N'Namdi Gallery, New York, 2004, Detroit, 2005, Parrish Art Museum, 2005.


Randall was also a founding member of the Kamoinge Workshop, a forum for African-American photographers, in New York City in 1963.


  • Other Interests

    Reading, movies, hiking, sports.


Married Rosalind Norma Singho, May 1, 1965. 1 child Dana Singho.

Herbert Eugene Randall

Jane Margaret Paul

Rosalind Norma Singho

Dana Singho Randall