(December 9, 1919-October 27, 2009)
Born in Harlem, New York
Opened 'A Photographer's Gallery' in New York City (1955)
Professor of Art at Hunter College
Winner, National Medal of Arts (2006)
Why he might be annoying
He wore a comb-over hairstyle.
He left a career in commercial illustration to take photos.
He quit working for Sports Illustrated, feeling constrained.
He snapped pictures of jazz musicians in dark, smoky nightclubs, sometimes making the figures hard to discern.
Why he might not be annoying
His parents split up when he was an infant, leaving him to be raised by a hard-working single mom.
His mentor was legendary photographer Edward Steichen.
He won the Guggenheim Fellowship in 1952, becoming the first black shutterbug to do so.
In 1955 he collaborated with Langston Hughes, another of his idols, for 'The Sweet Flypaper of Life,' a study of life in Harlem.
His main reason for presenting his subjects with integrity was, 'there were no black images of dignity, no images of beautiful black people. There was this big hole. I tried to fill it.'
Credit: Black Chic
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Year In Review:
For 2013, as of last week, Out of 4 Votes: 25.00% Annoying
In 2012, Out of 13 Votes: 61.54% Annoying
In 2011, Out of 8 Votes: 62.50% Annoying
In 2010, Out of 27 Votes: 51.85% Annoying
In 2009, Out of 94 Votes: 46.81% Annoying
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