(A stirring visual tribute to the Civil Rights Movement an...)
A stirring visual tribute to the Civil Rights Movement and the long and difficult battle for racial equality captures in more than 150 extraordinary photographs the leaders and events of the era, with portraits of Sidney Poitier, James Baldwin, Miles Davis, Martin Luther King, Jr., and many other activists, both famous and unknown, who took part in the struggle.
(Foreword by photographer Bob Adelman: "Down Home is a soc...)
Foreword by photographer Bob Adelman: "Down Home is a social portrait of rural Wilcox County, and particularly its county seat, Camden, which is 40 miles south of Selma and 70 miles southwest of Montgomery in the heart of black-belt Alabama. The photographs were taken over a five year period. The text is in the residents' own words. As I photographed the people in the book, I tried to render them as vividly and precisely as possible. Now they seem like characters caught in a dream - part pleasurable fantasy of revered traditions, ante-bellum homes and plantations; and part the nightmare of racism and poverty (in 1960, Wilcox was one of the ten poorest counties in the nation). At the insistence of the machine and demands for equality, the dream begins to dissolve."
Bob Adelman received a Bachelor of Arts from Rutgers University, New Brunswick, New Jersey, in 1951 and an Masters of Arts in Philosophy at Columbia University, New York City, in 1954. Later, in 1959, he studied with Alexey Brodovitch.
After studying photography for several years under the tutelage of Harper's Bazaar art director Alexey Brodovitch, Adelman volunteered as a photographer for the Congress of Racial Equality in the early 1960s, a position which granted him access to key leaders of the Civil Rights Movement, including: Malcolm X, Martin Luther King, Jr. and James Baldwin. Adelman's work captured a decade of racial strife during the 1960s, including portraits of Martin Luther King reciting his "I Have a Dream" speech, the 50 mile March from Selma to Montgomery, and King resting in his casket after the assassination. His photos, some of which are archived at the Library of Congress, captured segregation and civil unrest in the South. In 2007, he published his book "Mine Eyes Have Seen: Bearing Witness to the Struggle for Civil Rights".
Bob Adelman had a long career photographing for LOOK, Life, and the New York Times. He has photographed and/or edited over 50 books. He worked strictly as a photojournalist and a documentarían. Bob Adelman has taught photography at the International Center for Photography, The New School, the School of Visual Arts and a dozen others.
His work is in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art, the Getty Museum, the Hallmark Collection and private collections.
The Rev. Ralph Abernathy, Whitney Young, the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Walter Reuther pledging allegiance on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial at the beginning of the ceremonies of the March on Washington.1963
Protesters standing up to fire hoses aimed at them by the Birmingham, Ala., authorities1963
I Am a Man Strike, Memphis, Tennessee1968
Commemorating the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington