Don Hogan Charles was the first black photographer to be hired by The New York Times. While you may not know his name you have definitely seen his work. His most famous photograph was the iconic image of Malcolm X holding a rifle as he gazed out of the window. Besides capturing key moments and figures of the Civil Rights era, Mr. Charles also countered the negative conceptions of Black people with simply beautiful images of Black life. Don Hogan Charles died on Dec. 15 in East Harlem. He was 79. While he made his transition earlier this month his work will live forever.
The funeral for Malcolm X in 1965, at what was then known as the Faith Temple Church of God in Christ. The church hosted the ceremony after other local houses of worship declined. (Photo: Don Hogan Charles | NY Times)
The snow cone vendor known in the neighborhood as Icey poured flavored syrups over shaved ice for a young customer. (Photo: Don Hogan Charles | NY Times)
From Black-and-White Negatives, a Positive View of Harlem | NY Times
July 1970 Harlem, full of life | Mashable
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