Wednesday, 25 February 2015

Narrative images: Taking a stroll in Salisbury in 1964

Don Sturkey used to work as a photographer for The Charlotte Observer for about forty years. When he joined the newspaper in 1955, Charlotte was segregated. Restaurants started integrating in 1963, schools in the 1970s (via).
"The old saying, ‘A picture’s worth a thousand words,’ it’s not true. Sometimes, a picture’s worth a million words. You can actually see the emotions and see the tragedy and see the violence.” Don Sturkey
Below: "Two young black men pass Ku Klux Klan marchers in downtown Salisbury, August 1964. The Klan was active in North Carolina, and Sturkey covered many of their demonstrations." (via)

"Sturkey prided himself on capturing the emotion of the moment."
Bob Anthony, curator

Below: A family walking through the centre of Salisbury following a Ku Klux Klan rally. This photograph was taken by Don Sturkey in 1964, too.

photos by Don Sturkey (1964) via and via


  1. Creepy and not so long ago, indeed. The images feel much more distant than 1964...
    Thanks Derek, Karen, Kenneth!