Monday, January 21, 2008

Remembering Martin Luther King Jr

We take a break from gadgetology to acknowledge Martin Luther King day, and spend some time pondering its impact, where we were, where we are and where we are heading.

Black Voices has a nice tribute for MLK. The Online Photographer's Mike Johnston has posted their thoughts on the day. The MLK Online site has the largest collection of pictures. More photos at the Afro American History page at About.com. Time Inc has photo essays on MLK.

This day intersects with the world of photography in many ways, more directly perhaps with photojournalism. While words are great and they convey a lot of meaning, there is also as lot of power in pictures. The following two books do just that:

Photojournalist Flip Schulke provided a visual record of the Civil Rights leader's life, in his book He Had a Dream: Martin Luther King, Jr., and the Civil Rights Movement. The book includes 160 photographs taken by PJ Schulke in a ten year period.

Charles Johnson and photographer Bob Adelman produced a photo-biography of MLK, in their book King: The Photobiography of Martin Luther King, Jr. More than 300 photographs are included in this book.


2 comments:

mrsfixit said...

I think it's great for you to go off-topic and remember Dr. King today.

I've been watching CNN today, and Bob Adelman was on. They were showing some of the photos from the book.

There were some awesome shots.

I often wonder what America would be like had Dr. King not been killed.

I think it would have been a better place, don't you?

Maybe we would have had our first black president already...

1001 noisy cameras said...

Thanks Mrs Fix It!