Charles Moore - Biography
Charles Moore didn't plan to
photograph the civil rights movement. In September, 1958, he was a
27-year-old photographer for the Montgomery (Alabama) 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. According to
former U.S. Senator Jacob Javits, Moore's pictures "helped to spur
passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964."
Some of the major events that Moore covered: the early efforts of Dr.
King to desegregate Montgomery, Alabama (1958-60); the violent reaction
to the enrollment of James Meredith as the first black student at the
University of Mississippi (1962); the Freedom March from Tennessee to
Mississippi (1963); the campaign to desegregate Birmingham, Alabama
(1963); voter registration drives in Mississippi (1963-1964); Ku Klux
Klan activities in North Carolina (1965); and the march from Montgomery
to Selma, Alabama (1965).
Moore also photographed the
civil war in the Dominican Republic, political violence in Venezuela
and Haiti, and the Vietnam conflict. His editorial and travel
photography has appeared in major magazines in the United States,
Europe, Japan, and South America. Moore has received many awards for
corporate/industrial photography, as well as travel and calendar work.
He is well-known for location photography of celebrities, including
actors, dancers, and musicians.
In 1989, Charles Moore received
the first Kodak Crystal Eagle Award for Impact in Photojournalism. With
Kodak's support, Moore has lectured and presented his work at
universities and photography workshops around the country. His work has
been exhibited at many museums and other institutions. All of
Moore's black-and-white photographs are made on 35-mm Kodak Tri-X Pan