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Drawn to international areas ripe with social and political strife, James Karales (American, July 15, 1930 - April 1,2002) was committed to capturing the concerns of the human spirit. In his powerful photographic essays made for Look magazine Karales managed to combine his creative vision and documentary intuition to create classically rendered compositions. In 1955 James Karales, having just graduated from Ohio University with a B.F.A. in photography, walked into the office of the Magnum photo agency looking for work. John Morris, the editorial director, hired Karales as an assistant to the photographer W. Eugene Smith to help print his photographs. After two years working with Smith Karales was inspired to pursue his own photographic career and set out to document life in Rendville, Ohio. The old mining town, once a stop on the underground railroad, held particular interest for Karales' documentary purposes because it was one of the few integrated working communities in the country and had attracted many Southern blacks for its mining industries that offered rare employment opportunities. Karales returned to New York whereupon he showed his photographs of Rendville to Edward Steichen at the Museum of Modern Art who purchased two photographs for the collection. In 1958 this ambitious independent essay was exhibited in New York City's legendary Limelight Gallery. Later the same essay caught the eye of a Look magazine photo editor who hired him in 1960 as a staff photographer. As a photojournalist in the sixties James Karales found himself in a country on the verge of revolution at home and war abroad. In 1962 Karales began his landmark essay following the civil rights leader Martin Luther King in his crusade across the segregated south. In 1965 Karales photographed the famous Freedom March from Selma to Montgomery creating one of the great iconic images of the century - an dramatic scene of brave marchers with American flags walking over a stormy hill crest. That same year Karales took off to Vietnam to photograph U.S. Special Forces maneuvering in the jungle. For the next three years he alternated between trips to Vietnam and the civil rights frontier producing some the most memorable and dynamic photographs from that period. Look magazine folded in 1972 after which Karales embarked on a freelance career, doing work for such leading newspapers and magazines as LIFE, Saturday Review, and Money. Acclaimed as a sensitive and impassioned documentary photographer, Karales has always directed his camera with concern for the human condition. He is often likened to his teacher, W. Eugene Smith, for the richness of his prints and the eloquence in his compositions. Karales' photographs are in many important permanent collections including New York's Museum of Modern Art, International Center for Photography and the Hallmark Collection.
Al Satterwhite (American, born. Biloxi, Mississippi) started working as a photographer at a major daily newspaper in Florida while in high school, covering major news stories in the Southeast. After a year as the Governor of Florida's personal photographer, he started a career as a freelance magazine photographer. Over the next 10 years he worked on assignment for almost every major magazine (Automobile, Car & Driver, Fortune, Geo, Life, Look, Money, Newsweek, People, Playboy, Sports Illustrated, Time, Travel & Leisure, to name a few).
In 1980 he moved to New York City to form his own production company and concentrate on advertising. For the next 15 years he did a wide range of national and international advertising work, becoming known for his saturated color images and keen sense of design and composition- from action and aerial work, to miniatures in the studio, to major production campaigns in worldwide locations. Some of his advertising clients include American Express, Coca Cola, Dole, DuPont, Eastman Kodak, Johnson Outboards, Kent Int'l, Molson, Nikon, Oldsmobile, Porsche, Polaroid, R J Reynolds, Saab, Sony, Tuborg, Universal Studios and Westinghouse. He was a consultant to Kodak for digital imaging for a number of years. He has lectured at Boston University, Brooks Institute of Photography, Hallmark Institute of Photography, ASMP, NYU/Tisch School of the Arts, PhotoExpos in Los Angeles & New York. He has given workshops at Dawson College (Montreal), ICP (NYC), Kauai Photographic (Hawaii), the Maine Workshops, the Missouri Workshops, Palm Beach Photographic Workshops, Santa Fe Workshops & his own studio in New York City. He lectures and holds workshops at various facilities around the U.S.
His photographic prints are in the permanent collections of the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery, Houston Fine Art Museum, Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), George Eastman House, Polaroid Collection, National Museum of African American History and Culture and numerous private collections. In recent years he has focused his attention on making films. He has shot commercials, features & award-winning feature shorts as Director/Cameraman. He is currently working on several book and museum projects. Satterwhite lives in Los Angeles with his wife and two Zen-Masters, both cats.
Flip Schulke (American, June 24, 1930 - May 15, 2008) is best known for his work documenting the Civil Rights movement. After serving in the Korean War, Schulke enrolled at the University of Minnesota, where he studied journalism and worked as a photographer for the yearbook. After graduating, Schulke accepted a teaching position at the University of Miami in Miami, FL. He worked as a freelance photographer on the side. Schulke was able to capture the action in the midst of the Civil Rights Movement, and sold his work to magazines such as LIFE, National Geographic, and Ebony. During his career, Schulke received acclaim for his work in the form of honors and awards, including the Crystal Eagle Award for Impact in Photojournalism and the First Annual New York State Martin Luther King, Jr. Medal of Freedom. His entire collection of work is housed in the Center for American History at the University of Texas in Austin.
Ernest C. Withers (American, August 7, 1922 - October 15, 2007), was a photojournalist, in Memphis, Tennessee. Withers began as a military photographer while serving in the South Pacific during World War II. Withers chose the profession of photography upon returning to a segregated Memphis after the war. In the 1950s, Withers helped spur the movement for equal rights with a self-published photo pamphlet on the Emmitt Till murder. Over the next two decades, Withers formed close personal relationships with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Medgar Evers, and James Meredith. Withers’s pictures of key civil rights events from the Montgomery Bus Boycott to the strike of Memphis sanitation workers are historic. Withers was often the only photographer to record these scenes, many of which were not yet of interest to the mainstream press.
Withers photographed more than the southern Civil Rights Movement. Whether Jackie Robinson, Willie Mays, and other Negro League baseball players, or those jazz and blues musicians who frequented Memphis’ Beale Street, Withers photographed the famous and not-so famous. Withers’s collection includes pictures of early performances of Elvis Presley, B.B. King, Ike and Tina Turner, Ray Charles, and Aretha Franklin.
In his more than sixty-year career, Withers accumulated a collection of an estimated five million photographs; his works appeared in The New York Times, Jet, Ebony, Newsweek, and Life and were featured in touring exhibits and shows around the country. For his life’s work, Withers was elected to the Black Press Hall of Fame and received an honorary doctorate from the Massachusetts College of Art. Withers and his high school sweetheart, Dorothy Curry, raised eight children. Ernest C. Withers passed away on Monday, October 15, 2007 at the age of eighty-five.