Civil Rights in Black and White: The Life Photographs of Flip Schulke and Charles Moore

By Aminatta Kamara.

Published by The International Journal of the Image

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The Civil Rights Movement in 1960s United States was a tumultuous time that was photographed by a number of photojournalists. Many of these images found their way into living rooms around the world through publication in news magazines and pictorial essays. They were used as catalysts for the movement, inspiring people to join the demonstrators, garnering sympathy and encouraging federal involvement. Since the end of the Civil Rights Movement, the images have evolved, taking on new roles within society and serving new audiences. Exploration of both the past and present roles of these images can allow us to better understand the evolution of society, the motivation of the photojournalist and the purposeful and accidental creation of art. Examining the photographs of Flip Schulke and Charles Moore, two photographers for “Life” magazine, allows for the discussion of the role of the viewer in conjunction with the evolution of the role of the image in society, the images as both information and art, and the consequences of redefining an image.

Keywords: Role of Photographs, Social Issues, Photojournalism, Photography, Reading and Interpreting Images, Role of the Viewer, Image as Art, Image as Information

The International Journal of the Image, Volume 2, Issue 2, pp.17-28. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.074MB).

Aminatta Kamara

Curator, Museum of the Gulf Coast, Lamar State College - Port Arthur, Port Arthur, Texas, USA

Aminatta Kamara earned her Bachelor’s Degrees in Art History and History from the University of Texas at the Permian Basin in Odessa, Texas and her Master’s Degree in Art History from the University of Texas in Austin. She has been employed in the museum field as a curator at the Museum of the Gulf Coast in Port Arthur, Texas since 2009. Prior to her employment there, she worked as a curatorial intern at the Hangar 25 Air Museum in Big Spring, Texas. She has studied photography, working for a while as a professional photographer and is interested in the role that photographs play in our society.