Charles Moore Remembered
On March 16th, 2010, Charles Moore, one of the giants of photojournalism’s golden age, passed away at the age of 79. Moore, who earned his stripes in the battlefield of the 1960’s civil rights movement, has been long-recognized as the photographer whose startling, 'you-are-there' imagery jumped off the pages of Life magazine and influenced not only public opinion, but the thoughts and opinion of the champion of the 1964 Civil Rights Bill, President Johnson.
The son of a Southern preacher, Moore served as a US Marines photographer during WWII, followed by several stints as a newspaper photographer. His big break came when, as a freelance journalist represented by the Black Star photo agency, he began documenting the civil rights movement at a time when southern Blacks, with growing support from others around the country began speaking out against a social system that was clearly stacked unfairly – and often brutally – against them.
Photographs by Charles Moore