EXPIRED: 09/20/09 – Jack Franklin, 87, shot 400,000 photos of African Americans, from neighbors to civil-rights leaders to entertainers.

When Franklin was 10 he got his first camera and started taking pictures of family and friends and neighbors at every chance he could. During World War II, he worked as a photographer in the South Pacific and when he returned to Philadelphia, he began shooting social events throughout the city chronicling African American life.

He took candid shots of Martin Luther King, James Brown, Sam Cooke, Patti LaBelle, Rosa Parks, Cecil B. Moore, Thurgood Marshall, Harry Belafonte, Sidney Poitier as well as the local people that made black Philadelphia a rich and interesting place to live and work.

Nobody cared in the 60’s so he kept the negatives. But now they’re in great demand. They’re history. Sadly, so is he.



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