Bob Adelman (born 1931) is an American photographer known for his images of the African-American Civil Rights Movement. Raised on Long Island, New York, he earned his B.A. at Rutgers University, Law Studies from Harvard University, and M.A. in Philosophy from Columbia University.
MAGAZINES: Photographs for Cover Stories: ESQUIRE, TIME, PEOPLE, LIFE, NEW YORK. HARPER’S, NEWSWEEK, NEW YORK TIMES MAGAZINE, FORTUNE, AMERICAN HERITAGE, THE LONDON TIMES MAGAZINE, STERN, LOOK, PARIS MATCH, USIA Publications.
BOOKS PHOTOGRAPHED AND PRODUCED: DOWN HOME; ON AND OFF THE STREET; STREET SMART; GENTLEMAN OF LEISURE; LADIES OF THE NIGHT; OUT OF LEFT FIELD all with Susan Hall; THE NEXT AMERICA with Michael Harrington; THE REAGAN REPORT; IT GROWS ON YOU, A Hair Raising Survey Of Human Plumage with Roy Blount Jr; THE ART OF ROY LICHTENSTEIN essay by Calvin Tompkins, photographs and interview by Bob Adelman; CARVER COUNTRY: The World of Raymond Carver introduction by Tess Gallagher; VISIONS OF LIBERTY, The Bill of Rights For All Americans by Ira Glasser, photographs by Bob Adelman; KING: The Photobiography of Martin Luther King Jr. by Charles Johnson and Bob Adelman. MINE EYES HAVE SEEN Bearing Witness to the Struggle for Civil Rights. Photographs by Bob Adelman Essays by Charles Johnson. New York Times Book Company: developed and photographed the Sidewalk reading program; Holt, Rinehart and Winston, Random House, Dell Publishing: preparation of educational material.
BOOKS PRODUCED: POLLOCK PAINTING Photographs by Hans Namuth; BRUCE DAVIDSON PHOTOGRAPHS; BRANCUSI PHOTOGRAPHS; SCULPTOR’S DRAWINGS; ARSENAL OF DEMOCRACY; SOVIET MILITARY POWER: The Annotated and Corrected Version of the Pentagon’s Guide both by Tom Gervasi; THE FILM ENCYCLOPEDIA by Ephriam Katz; PICTURES UNDER DISCUSSION, LIFE CLASSIC PHOTOGRAPHS, LIFE FACES, CELEBRATING THE NEGATIVE, and LIFE PHOTOGRAPHERS: WHAT THEY SAW, all by John Loengard; BORN TO RUN THINGS: An Utterly Unauthorized Biography of George Bush by Tony Hendra; GRACE: An Intimate Portrait of Princess Grace by Howell Conant; BRAD ’61: Portrait Of The Artist As a Young Man An Original Romance by Tony Hendra, Inspired By The Pop Paintings of Roy Lichtenstein; TIJUANA BIBLES: Art and Wit in America’s Forbidden Funnies, 1930s–1950s by Bob Adelman with commentary by Richard Merkin and introduction by Art Spiegelman; THE LONDON SUNDAY TIMES 1000 MAKERS OF THE CINEMA; ROY LICHTENSTEIN’S ABC by Bob Adelman; MAGIC MOVIE MOMENTS by Bob Adelman, Michael Rand, George Perry and introduction by Terry Gilliam; SINATRA: An Intimate Portrait of a Very Good Year Photographs by John Dominis and text by Richard B. Stolley, REMEMBERING JACK by Jacques Lowe with text by Hugh Sidey: LIFE The Great Photographers by the Editors of LIFE. AS I SEE IT by John Loengard with an introduction by Ann Beattie.. LIFE Remembering Grace, LIFE Remembering Martin Luther King Jr.
TEACHING: International Center for Photography, The New School, School of Visual Arts. Lectured at Columbia University, Stanford University, Union College, Philadelphia College of Art, University of Minnesota, Miami University, Ohio State University, Steamboat Falls Workshop, Boston Museum of Fine Arts.
AWARDS: Guggenheim Fellowship; National Endowment for the Arts Grant; Art Director’s Club Awards New York, Washington, San Francisco; American Institute of Graphic Arts 50 Books Awards; University of Missouri School of Journalism EXHIBITS: Smithsonian Museum , Martha Jackson Gallery, Margaret Mitchell House, American Federation of the Arts, Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site, Howard Greenberg Gallery, Westwood Gallery, Boca Raton Museum of Fine Arts, High Museum. Photographs in the Collections of the Museum of Modern Art, Getty Museum, High Museum, Hallmark Collection, Boca Raton Museum & private collections.
EDUCATION: B.A., Rutgers; Law Studies, Harvard; M.A. Philosophy, Columbia
Licensing & Rights
All photographs and images of “Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.” and the “March on Washington” are the property of Bob Adelman. These images have been licensed for use in “I Have A Dream: A 50th Year Testament To The March That Changed America” (Pearson) with extended marketing and promotional use online at www.mlk50mow.com, www.kingonomics.com and within the “Justice” game/app.
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