Live the Legacy Series

Installation #1:Photography Collection by Jim Alexander.

On display at the Center for Civil and Human Rights from January 12, 2018 to April 22, 2018.

This collection of photographs presents a chronologically broad exploration of the processes, problems, and benefits derived from non-violent demonstration as taught and practiced by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. These moments in time are captured in an expansive period from 1968 to the present day.
Photographer Jim Alexander’s images convey a sometimes stark—but always revealing—look at how we communicate our frustration and disappointment related to social and human injustice.
 Jim Alexander’s career has spanned six decades and captured waves of reactions to many injustices across the United States. He has photographed marches, rallies, and other events where Dr. King’s philosophy of civil disobedience was adopted and ensured that our voices did not fade into silence.
Featured in this collection are placards, hand-written posters, street signs, and graffiti that are expressions of the people’s thoughts. This affirmation consists of hundreds of these “signs of the times” which underscore and repeat Dr. King’s teachings over and over again, much like ripples in water emanate from a single source of disturbance.

About Jim Alexander

Jim Alexander (American, b. 1935) is an award winning documentary photographer who has spent over fifty years refining what he calls the art of documentary photography. A photojournalist, teacher, activist, media consultant and entrepreneur, Alexander has amassed an impressive collection of images of Black culture and human rights photographs. He is a 2006 inductee into The HistoryMakers and in 1995 when the city of Atlanta Office of Cultural Affairs began its annual “Master Artist” program, Jim Alexander was the first artist chosen. He started taking photographs in 1952 at the age of 17 in the U.S. Navy, at a time when photography was not yet considered broadly as art. He had his first exhibit 16 years later in 1968, the same year he graduated from the New York Institute of Photography with a degree in commercial photography. It was also the same year that he met, and became friends with Gordon Parks. Since that time, Alexander has had over sixty solo exhibits and taught photography at Yale University, five other colleges, was photographer in residence at Atlanta’s Neighborhood Arts Center for four years, and spent five years as photographer in residence at Clark Atlanta University. His work is in numerous major collections including the Museum Of Contemporary Art Georgia (MOCA, GA), Stuart A. Rose MARBL Collection at Emory University, Paul R. Jones Collections, CAU Galleries, the Smithsonian, AUC Library Collection, Harvey B. Gantt Center Art Collection, the Hartsfield/Jackson Atlanta Airport Collection and there is a portfolio of fifty-five of his photographs of the Neighborhood Arts Center from the Jim Alexander Collection at the Auburn Avenue Research Library in Atlanta, on the UGA Galileo website.

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