King: A Photobiography of Martin Luther King, Jr.

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Man, martyr, and myth—an American giant in a photobiography of unprecedented scope and depth

King is the first true photobiography of a hero's journey. Never before has his life been so richly chronicled from so many different points of view. A powerful collection of photographic images combined with text by National Book Award-winning writer Charles Johnson detail the pivotal events of King's public life—as well as his family life—in a rich and stirring format. In this book, we...

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Overview

Man, martyr, and myth—an American giant in a photobiography of unprecedented scope and depth

King is the first true photobiography of a hero's journey. Never before has his life been so richly chronicled from so many different points of view. A powerful collection of photographic images combined with text by National Book Award-winning writer Charles Johnson detail the pivotal events of King's public life—as well as his family life—in a rich and stirring format. In this book, we see Martin Luther King, Jr., in all his aspects: as son and student, husband and father, powerful preacher and courageous leader of the civil rights movement, martyr for the cause of racial justice, and finally American icon.

Photographer Bob Adelman and photo editor Robert Phelan have compiled an impressive and comprehensive array of images depicting this great man's life and times. We see King standing before a packed congregation at the Dexter Baptist Church during the bus boycott in Montgomery, Alabama, or in his own backyard playing with his children. In one moment we observe King peering calmly through the bars of the Birmingham jail after one of his arrests; the next, strapping sandals on the feet of his young daughter. There is the tragic scene in Memphis seconds after his assassination, with anguished witnesses pointing in the direction of the gunshots, and the aftermath in Atlanta, a crush of mourners following his horse-drawn casket through the streets. And of course, the indelible image of King speaking the immortal words "I have a dream+"on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial. Through hundreds of photographs, we see a country being changed, an era and legacy being formed,but above all, we are given a privileged look at the man himself—at his most human and humanitarian.

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Hundreds of duotone photographs -- the best work from dozens of documentary photographers -- illuminate the arc of King's transcendent life. Coupled with original text by National Book Award-winning author Charles Johnson, the standout images in this stunning coffee-table book make for a visual feast interwoven with an impassioned biography. Brilliantly presented, King's story, message, and times come alive.
Library Journal
This photobiography's sharp and usually sober black-and-white images, insightful introduction, and 18 essays reveal martyred civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. (1929-68), from the Montgomery Bus Boycott of 1955-56 to his funeral in 1968. The National Book Award-winning Johnson (Middle Passage) supplies the thoughtful text, while veteran photojournalist Adelman (Down Home, Camden, Alabama) depicts Civil Rights struggles in a rural Black Belt town and supplies the single largest source of the approximately 200 pages of selected shots by leading U.S. photographers. The words and images together recall the gritty details of King's dangerous and often grim daily struggle for peace with justice. Virtually alone as a King photobiography, this striking volume puts a face on the man and the movement now blended with him. For photojournalism/history and Civil Rights collections.--Thomas J. Davis, Arizona State Univ., Tempe Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
School Library Journal
Adult/High School-An intimate portrait of the man, the myth, the persuasive preacher, influential civil-rights leader, caring father and husband, writer, and preeminent moral philosopher. Throughout the book, Johnson and Adelman's text and King's own words are combined with black-and-white photographs to illustrate how Dr. King helped transform an era and inspired a generation of young people to work for change. The more than 300 photographs come from the authors' personal files, AP archives, and Life magazine files. This photographic account of King's life is a major addition to the literature not only on the life of the leader but also on the history of the civil rights movement and civil strife in America. A welcome addition to any library.-ayo dayo, Chinn Park Regional Library, Prince William, VA Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
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This photobiography presents never-before-seen photographs of Martin Luther King, Jr.<-->the man, the preacher, the courageous leader of the civil rights movement, the martyr for the cause of racial justice, and finally, the American icon. About 400 powerful b&w images accompany the text, which details the pivotal events of Kings public and private life. Oversize: 9.25x12.25<">. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Susan Brownmiller
A magnificent photo album of a magnificent man in magnificent times, King: The Photobiography of Martin Luther King, Jr. uses many archival sources to narrate the life of the leader of the civil rights struggle.
New York Times Book Review
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780670892167
  • Publisher: Studio
  • Publication date: 11/6/2000
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 9.28 (w) x 12.28 (h) x 1.02 (d)

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