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Powerful Days: The Civil Rights Photography of Charles Moore [Paperback]

Michael S. Durham , Andrew Young , Charles W. Moore

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15 Jan 2008
This is a moving record of a remarkable era in American and southern history. Most of Charles Moore's civil rights photography originally appeared in the weekly "Life" magazine, for which he freelanced from 1962 to 1972. In 1989, Moore, an Alabama native, received the first Kodak Crystal Eagle Award for Impact Photojournalism in recognition of his coverage of the civil rights struggle.

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  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: The University of Alabama Press; Revised edition edition (15 Jan 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0817354816
  • ISBN-13: 978-0817354817
  • Product Dimensions: 28 x 21 x 2 cm
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 648,167 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Alabama photographer Charles Moore documented one of the most painful chapters of American history - the civil rights movement. Powerful Days is powerful stuff. The freedom marchers look as heroic as Iwo Jima Marines fighting their way up a mountain - which is just about what they had to do." - Newsweek "Mr. Moore's stark, crisp photos of freedom marchers beset by police dogs and fire hoses... helped to shape the nation's conscience.... [This book] contains many images that will be wrenchingly familiar to those who lived through the proud moral turning point in American history, and that might serve to inspire younger generations." - New York Times Book Review "Every once in a while we receive a well-documented treasure of American history. This collection is such a treasure.... [Moore's] black-and-white photos of that era are classics of photojournalism, and as Powerful Days documents, those classics have lost none of their force and energy." - Southern Living"

About the Author

Michael S. Durham was a Life reporter and editor from 1961 to 1972. He is the former editor of Americana magazine and author of two volumes of The Smithsonian Guide to Historic America. Andrew Young worked as a top aide to Martin Luther King Jr. during the 1960s. He has served two terms in the U.S. Congress, was U.S. ambassador to the U.N., and was mayor of Atlanta from 1981 to 1989.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Stunning photographs--as history and art 3 Aug 2008
By Constant Reader - Published on Amazon.com
It's great to see this book back in print! Moore was one of the most famous photographers of the civil rights movement, and chronicled the people and events in images that have become iconic-- from the exhausted, wounded US marshall assigned to protect James Meredith to the brutality of Birmingham to the quiet pride of the voter registration efforts. The book presents Moore's black-and-white photos in gorgeous, sharp, usually full-page view (some, however, cross the page), and he had an unbelievable talent for catching the expressions and individual moments that really make this history come alive. These photos are works of art as well as historical documents, sometimes difficult to look at, but unforgettable. A very good introduction gives Moore's own words describing some of his experiences with the movement, and clear captions place each picture in historical context. This is a book I've found myself returning to over and over again; I can't imagine anyone interested in the civil rights movement or photojournalism who would regret buying it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Powerful Days brings powerful images 21 Oct 2008
By J. M. Bentley - Published on Amazon.com
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Charles Moore was there. He witnessed the events of Selma, Birmingham, and Montgomery. His camera captures the struggle at close range, in all its glory, drama, and tragedy. Charles Moore does a fantastic job of showing how the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s was a series of historic events that took place throughout the South, connected by common themes: justice, fairness, humanity, dignity, and ultimately...love.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Powerful Indeed 26 Aug 2010
By Mike B - Published on Amazon.com
As per the title of the book, powerful photographs indeed of events during the Civil Rights era - riots at Oxford in Mississippi, Birmingham demonstrations, voter registration in Mississippi. It is definitely photojournalism at it's most inspirational. It also illustrates the power of photos, as these were scene around the world.

The Civil Rights era used journalists to advertise this most righteous of causes. It would have been nice if there had been more text by the photographer himself - on his personal thoughts as these photos were being taken.
5.0 out of 5 stars Power Ful Days 2 Mar 2014
By Ronald E. Campbell - Published on Amazon.com
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very good book a must read Great Photography shows the struggles of African Americans in the 60's Powerful Days they were
5.0 out of 5 stars Powerful 31 Oct 2011
By kansascity - Published on Amazon.com
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I have had a copy of this for years. I recently purchased three more to give as gifts. Being a child of the 60s I experience Moore's photography as capturing the depth, emotion and signifigance of the era. My grandchildren will have this book.
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