Prentice Herman Polk (1898-1985)

"Image Ownership: Public Domain" Prentice Herman Polk, acclaimed photographer, was born November 25, 1898 in Bessemer, Alabama, to Jacob Prentice Polk, a miner, and Christine Romelia Ward, a seamstress.   Mr. Polk was a portraitist who was especially adept with the effects of light and dark.  … Read MorePrentice Herman Polk (1898-1985)

King Daniel Ganaway (1882- 1944)

"Image Ownership: Public Domain" King Daniel Ganaway, a 39-year-old butler on Lake Shore Drive in Chicago, Illinois rose to fame in 1921 by winning the first place prize in national photographic contest sponsored by Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Department Store Owner John Wanamaker. Titled “The Spirit of … Read MoreKing Daniel Ganaway (1882- 1944)

Emmanuel Francis Joseph (1900–1979)

"Image Ownership: Public Domain" Emmanuel Francis (E.F.) Joseph was the first professional African American photographer in the San Francisco Bay Area of California. Born on November 8, 1900 on the Caribbean island of St. Lucia, Joseph would later move to the United States and attend … Read MoreEmmanuel Francis Joseph (1900–1979)

Charles H. Harris (“Teenie”) (1908-1998)

Image Courtesy of Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh; Heinz Family Fund Charles H. “Teenie” Harris, a lifelong resident of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania’s Hill District, was best known for his photographs taken during his four-decade long career at the Pittsburgh Courier.  Harris was born July 2, 1908 … Read MoreCharles H. Harris (“Teenie”) (1908-1998)

Peter Sexford Magubane (1932- )

Peter Magubane Being Prodded by South African Policeman Image Ownership: Public Domain Peter Magubane is a South African photojournalist best known for his photos that exposed that nation’s Apartheid injustice and humanitarian crisis to the west.  He was born outside Johannesburg, in Vrededorp, on January, … Read MorePeter Sexford Magubane (1932- )