Sunday, July 26, 2015

Significant Pictures of the Civil Rights Movement Taken by Charles Moore in the 1960s

“I don’t wanna fight with my fists. I wanna fight with my camera.” – Charles Moore
Charles Lee Moore (1931 – 2010) was an American photographer most famous for his photographs documenting the American civil rights era. At first, he didn't plan to photograph the civil rights movement. In September, 1958, he was a 27-year-old photographer for The Montgomery Advertiser. When an argument broke out between the Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr. and two policemen, Moore was the only photographer on the scene. His striking pictures of Dr. King's arrest were distributed nationwide by the Associated Press, and one was published in LIFE magazine. A new career had begun.

Over the next seven years, Moore made some of the most significant pictures of the civil rights movement. As a contract photographer for LIFE magazine, Moore traveled the South to cover the evolving struggle. His photographs helped bring the reality of the situation to the magazine's huge audience, which at the time comprised over half the adults in the United States.
“My camera is my tool and I would rather have that be my weapon than my fists any day.” He once said.

Martin Luther King, Jr. arrested on a loitering charge, Montgomery, September 3, 1958.

Reading Gandhi’s All Men Are Brothers, ca. 1960

Harriet Richardson, a student organizer at Pennsylvania's Juniata College, presses a cloth to the wounds of Galway Kinnell, who was then poet-in-residence at Juiata, Selma, Alabama, 1965.

Police dogs attack demonstrators, Birmingham protests, May 1963.

Young Demonstrator Evading Policemen, Birmingham Protests, May 1963.

Alabama Fire Department aims high-pressure water hoses at civil rights demonstrators, Birmingham Protests, May 1963.

Birmingham, Alabama, 1963. African American protesters taunt a white police officer during a civil rights demonstration.

Birmingham, 1963. Firemen hose demonstrators with high pressure jets of water as they lie on the sidewalk.

Selma Protests, 1965

Racial Violence, Montgomery, Alabama, 1960.

Martin Luther King Jr. and Ralph Abernathy walk toward their arrest, Birmingham, Alabama, April 16, 1963.

Birmingham Protests, May 1963.

Birmingham Protests, May 1963.

Police dogs attack demonstrators, Birmingham Protests, May 1963.

Holding hands, ca. 1965.

Attack on Pettus Bridge, Selma Protests, 1965.

Inside the Lyceum, University of Mississippi, 1962.

Inside the Lyceum, University of Mississippi, 1962.

Inside the Lyceum, University of Mississippi, 1962.

U.S. Marshals, Helmeted and Armed, Roll into Oxford, Mississippi in Army Trucks, 1962.

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