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Arts > Photographers > 20th, 21st century > USA > Ernest C. Withers    1922-2007

 

 

 

Ernest Withers’s photograph of a march in Memphis in 1968

after the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr.

 

Photograph:

Dr. Ernest C. Withers, Sr./Withers Family Trust

 

The Civil Rights Movement Photographer

Who Was Also an F.B.I. Informant

NYT

Jan. 18, 2019

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/01/18/
books/review/preston-lauterbach-bluff-city.html

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

William Edwin Jones

pushes daughter Renee Andrewnetta Jones (8 months old) during protest,

Main Street, Memphis, Tennessee, 1950s

 

William Jones,

a librarian at Memphis’s Owen Junior College, made this sign himself.

His wife, who was active in the civil rights movement,

encouraged him to march that day.

Renee had been told the march that day was for fathers and daughters.

The NAACP organisers did not want whole families to picket together,

for fear of violence,

so her mother and brother stayed home.

 

Photograph:

The Ernest C Withers Family Trust;

courtesy of Fahey/Klein Gallery, Los Angeles

 

Rock’n’roll and the civil rights struggle:

African American life in the south – in pictures

Ernest C Withers’ photographs take viewers to the record stores,

picket lines and proms of the American south

during the 1940s, 50s and 60s

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Wed 9 Jun 2021    07.00 BST

https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/gallery/2021/jun/09/
ernest-c-withers-civil-rights-struggle-in-pictures

 

Related

https://www.theguardian.com/theobserver/2021/jun/06/
the-big-picture-a-father-and-daughters-main-street-march

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Junienne Briscoe, 16 years old,

joined the picket lines along Main Street, no date

 

Junienne Briscoe-Reed

was a 16-year-old Melrose high school student

when she joined the picket line along Main Street.

She recalled demonstrating

in front of Goldsmith’s, Dillard’s and Lowenstein’s department stores.

‘I did this so that my children wouldn’t have

to go through the humiliation that I did,’ she said.

‘Separate drinking water, separate bathrooms. It was painful’

 

The Ernest C Withers Family Trust;

courtesy of Fahey/Klein Gallery, Los Angeles

 

Rock’n’roll and the civil rights struggle:

African American life in the south – in pictures

Ernest C Withers’ photographs take viewers to the record stores,

picket lines and proms of the American south

during the 1940s, 50s and 60s

G

Wed 9 Jun 2021    07.00 BST

https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/gallery/2021/jun/09/
ernest-c-withers-civil-rights-struggle-in-pictures

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ernest C. Withers    1922-2007

 

one of the most

celebrated photographers

of the civil rights era

- and a paid F.B.I. informer

find source

 

 

 

Starting in the early 1960s,

Withers had spent

nearly two decades

as a paid informant of the F.B.I.,

feeding its agents

information about the activists

he photographed.

 

He not only informed;

he took requests.

 

At one anti-Vietnam War march,

he was askedto photograph

all of the 30-odd protesters,

taking special care

to catch all their faces,

and he turned 80 8-by-10 prints

over to his F.B.I. contact.

 

On occasion, he sold his work

to a local paper,

then gave copies to the bureau.

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/01/18/
books/review/preston-lauterbach-bluff-city.html

 

 

https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/gallery/2021/jun/09/
ernest-c-withers-civil-rights-struggle-in-pictures

 

https://www.theguardian.com/theobserver/2021/jun/06/
the-big-picture-a-father-and-daughters-main-street-march

 

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/01/18/
books/review/preston-lauterbach-bluff-city.html

 

https://www.npr.org/templates/
story/story.php?storyId=129884068 - Sept. 15, 2010

 

https://www.nytimes.com/2010/09/14/
us/14photographer.html

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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