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A photography book and exhibition documenting the ordinary people who risked everything for the right to vote.
A photography book and exhibition documenting the ordinary people who risked everything for the right to vote.
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Photographing Freedom will be a book and museum show comprising several hundred unpublished and unseen images taken by Mary King between 1964 and 1965.

THE PHOTOS

A treasure of hundreds of photos taken by Mary while working for the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee show the ordinary people who risked everything for the right to vote.

Among them may be the only surviving color slides from this time and place. They are intimate, haunting, and deeply personal. 

GOING BACK TO MISSISSIPPI

Mary will return to Mississippi and connect what happened then to the fights of today.  The result will be the text for the book which will accompany the museum show.

"The civil rights movement was a true people’s revolution. It is ongoing."

SELECTION OF PHOTOS

This is a small selection of the collection of photos.  

Additional collaborators on this project:

Alice L. Driver is the author of More or Less Dead: Feminicide, Haunting, and the Ethics of Representation in Mexico (University of Arizona Press 2015) and the translator of Abecedario de Juárez, a collaboration between journalist Julián Cardona and artist Alice Leora Briggs that explores and maps the new language of violence in Mexico. Driver is a columnist at Al Jazeera English where she writes about activism, human rights, and women’s rights.

Trevor Hugh Davis has worked in fine art photography and photojournalism for over a decade.  He was the founder and editor of Crisis Pictures and published the well known blog, Iraq in Pictures.  Currently, he is the Chief Technology Officer of the Campaign for America's Future and founder of To|Someone.

Risks and challenges

Fifty years have passed since these images were taken. Delay means that many of the subjects may no longer be with us.

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    A 5x7 post card print from the series.

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    An 8x10 photograph from the series printed on archival paper.

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    An original newspaper from 1963. Receive a piece of history with the Mississippi Free Press and learn about the struggle firsthand.

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    A first edition, first printing copy of the book "Photographing Freedom."

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    A signed copy of Mary King's book "Freedom Song: A Personal Story of the 1960s Civil Rights Movement"

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    A flyer announcing an SDS convention addressed, stamped, and received by Bob Moses, at one of his many temporary homes while organizing in Mississippi.

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    A limited edition, signed, and numbered box set of 6 prints (5x7) from the collection. (Box is signed, not individual prints.)

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    A signed and numbered 8x10 image on archival, museum quality paper from color prints in the series.

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    A signed and numbered 13x19 image on archival, museum quality paper from the series.

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    Dinner with Mary Elizabeth King in Washington, D.C. Mary will personally present a signed print of your choice and tell you the story behind it. Also joining will be author Alice Driver who is collaborating on this project. Please contact if you have a specific date in mind as her schedule tends to be quite full.

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    A signed vintage black and white print from the series created by Mary King in 1964, at an improvised darkroom near Tougaloo college.

    Few vintage prints have survived and we are able to offer six. (The remaining are reserved for museums and other public collections.)

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