Posts tagged "portrait"

Iman, photographed by Peter Marlow in London’s Hyde Park in 1979. Photo: Peter Marlow/Magnum Photos.

I thought about this searing, beautiful picture today in light of recent events in the United States. I, like many others, shared it a few years ago on my blog, but it was only today that I finally found the name of the man in the photograph! His name is Cecil Williams and, he happens to be a photographer himself. The photo was probably taken by Mr. Williams mentor, John Goodwin, who joined him for a talk at Richland Library in Columbia, South Carolina in September 2013 about their experiences as black photographers in South Carolina during Jim Crow and the Civil Rights era. Mr. Williams, an Orangeburg, South Carolina native was a correspondent for Jet Magazine when he was only 15 and made national news after shooting some crucial pictures after the 1968 Orangeburg Massacre. This picture of Mr. Williams currently hangs over the water fountain on the Garden level of the Richland Library in Columbia, South Carolina.

I thought about this searing, beautiful picture today in light of recent events in the United States. I, like many others, shared it a few years ago on my blog, but it was only today that I finally found the name of the man in the photograph! His name is Cecil Williams and, he happens to be a photographer himself. The photo was probably taken by Mr. Williams mentor, John Goodwin, who joined him for a talk at Richland Library in Columbia, South Carolina in September 2013 about their experiences as black photographers in South Carolina during Jim Crow and the Civil Rights era. Mr. Williams, an Orangeburg, South Carolina native was a correspondent for Jet Magazine when he was only 15 and made national news after shooting some crucial pictures after the 1968 Orangeburg Massacre. This picture of Mr. Williams currently hangs over the water fountain on the Garden level of the Richland Library in Columbia, South Carolina.

Langston Hughes was born 112 years ago today in Joplin, Missouri. This photo was taken by Nickolas Muray, a Hungarian-American photographer who was also an Olympic fencer, in 1923 when Mr. Hughes was about 21 years old.

Langston Hughes was born 112 years ago today in Joplin, Missouri. This photo was taken by Nickolas Muray, a Hungarian-American photographer who was also an Olympic fencer, in 1923 when Mr. Hughes was about 21 years old.

Josephine Baker in Paris, 1940. This picture was taken around the time she joined the French Counterespionage Services and became a counterespionage agent. She was awarded the Croix de Guerre and the Medal of Resistance with Rosette by the French government for her efforts during World War II. Photo: Studio Harcourt, Ministry of Culture (France).

Josephine Baker in Paris, 1940. This picture was taken around the time she joined the French Counterespionage Services and became a counterespionage agent. She was awarded the Croix de Guerre and the Medal of Resistance with Rosette by the French government for her efforts during World War II. Photo: Studio Harcourt, Ministry of Culture (France).

Pioneering opera singer Todd Duncan in 1930, photographed by Addison Scurlock. In 1935, Mr. Duncan was selected by George Gershwin to originate the role of Porgy in “Porgy and Bess” and in 1945, he became the first African American to perform with a major American opera company, the New York City Opera. In 1955, he was the first person to record the now classic song, “Unchained Melody.” Born Robert Todd Duncan in Danville, Kentucky in 1903, he earned a bachelor’s degree at Butler University in 1925, and a master’s at Columbia University Teachers College in 1930. Soon after, he joined the music faculty of Howard University where he taught voice, well into his 90’s, for over fifty years. He died in 1998. Photo: National Museum of American History.

Pioneering opera singer Todd Duncan in 1930, photographed by Addison Scurlock. In 1935, Mr. Duncan was selected by George Gershwin to originate the role of Porgy in “Porgy and Bess” and in 1945, he became the first African American to perform with a major American opera company, the New York City Opera. In 1955, he was the first person to record the now classic song, “Unchained Melody.” Born Robert Todd Duncan in Danville, Kentucky in 1903, he earned a bachelor’s degree at Butler University in 1925, and a master’s at Columbia University Teachers College in 1930. Soon after, he joined the music faculty of Howard University where he taught voice, well into his 90’s, for over fifty years. He died in 1998. Photo: National Museum of American History.

Billie Holiday, photographed by Carl Van Vechten in 1949. One of my favorite scholars, Columbia University professor Farah Jasmine Griffin, noted the following in her book, “If You Can’t Be Free, Be a Mystery: In Search of Billie Holiday: “The photographer remembers photographing her for two hours, and while she was initially despondent, she returned from a brief sojourn “on a different plane, all energy, sympathy, cooperation and interest.” Photo: Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library

My aunt, opera singer Margaret Tynes with Harry Belafonte in Chicago, June 1956. She was Mr. Belafonte’s leading lady off-Broadway in a show he produced called, “Sing Man, Sing!” Photo: Bettman/Corbis.

My aunt, opera singer Margaret Tynes with Harry Belafonte in Chicago, June 1956. She was Mr. Belafonte’s leading lady off-Broadway in a show he produced called, “Sing Man, Sing!” Photo: Bettman/Corbis.