Monday, January 27, 2014

Charles Lee Moore (1931 – 2010) was an American photographer famous for his photographs documenting the American civil rights

Charles Lee Moore (March 9, 1931 – March 11, 2010) was an American photographer most famous for his photographs documenting the American civil rights era.
Moore was born in 1931 in Hackleburg, Alabama. He served three years in the U.S. Marines as a photographer and then attended the Brooks Institute of Photography in Santa Barbara, Calif. He next applied for a job as a photographer with the morning and afternoon newspapers The Montgomery Advertiser and The Montgomery Journal.
In 1958, while working in Montgomery, Alabama for the Montgomery Advertiser, he photographed an argument between Martin Luther King, Jr.and two policemen. His photographs were distributed nationally by the Associated Press, and published in Life.
From this start, Moore traveled throughout the South documenting the Civil Rights Movement. His most famous photograph, Birmingham, depicts demonstrators being attacked by firemen wielding high-pressure hoses. U.S. Senator Jacob Javits, said that Moore's pictures "helped to spur passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964."
In 1962, Moore left the newspapers to start a freelance career. He worked for the Black Star picture agency, which sold much of his work to Life.
Moore went on to cover the Vietnam War and many other trouble spots. He then moved on to nature, fashion and travel photography, in addition to corporate work.
He also photographed conflicts in the Dominican Republic, Venezuela and Haiti.
In 1989, Charles Moore became the first recipient of the Eastman Kodak Crystal Eagle Award for Impact in Photojournalism which is awarded for a "body of photographic work which has influenced public perceptions on important issues of our time" in the NPPA–University of Missouri Pictures of the Year Competition.
In 2008, Moore's last photography observed the removal of a tree at Barton Hall (Alabama), a historic 1840's plantation home.
Moore died at age 79, on March 11, 2010, in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida.

Christian Coigny is a Master photographer from Switzerland

Born in 1946, Christian Coigny spent his youth in Lausanne. At 20 years old, he started at the Vevey School of Photography but ended up spending only a few months there. He went to San Francisco where he lived for 5 years. With a limited dossier, he spent most of his time going round advertising agencies. One day, he was asked to do an advert for Levi's and then the jobs began to come one after the other. The lights and the open spaces of the west, painted by Georgia O'Keeffe or Edward Hopper, made a big impression on him and continued from then on to influence his commercial as well as personnel work.On return to his home town, Lausanne, he opened a studio and worked in various areas: portraits, fashion and still life. He distinguished himself with his campaign for a chain of stores for which he did posters for more than 10 years. Vitra entrusted him with the "Personalities" campaign consisting of photographing 130 personalities on seats designed by Charles Eames, Citterio, Jasper Morrison, Frank Gehry...Parallel to his commissioned work, continually prompted by his passion for photography in its purest form, Christian Coigny takes photos for himself, in all possible areas, mainly in black and white.

Based near Lausanne on the shores of Lake Geneva, Christian Coigny has for the past 30 years developed a career in traditional black and white photography in parallel to his work in publicity and fashion. He works primarily with film. His work is anchored in a classical education and strongly influenced by American painters such as Edward Hopper, Georgia O’Keefe or Andrew Wyeth, that he discovered during his 5-year stay in San Francisco. Very rapidly important brands called upon him to transpose his personal mark into their advertising campaigns. The poster advertising campaign for the department store Bon Genie Grieder, between 1975 and 1985 marked his return from the United States. His book of portraits of local artists earned him the Vitra «Celebrities» Campaign. Other photographic projects include work for clients such as Hermès, Krug champagnes, Ferretti yachts and Hublot watches, and for many years he has participated in the creation of catalogues and of publicity campaigns for Chopard jewelers of Geneva. He now devotes most of his time to his personal work whilst exhibiting at various galleries and museums in Europe.