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Maurice Sorrell

In honor of National Black Business Month, we're highlighting this photograph of an unknown group of woman in Washington, D.C. taken by by Maurice Sorrell.




Sorrell (1914-1998) was a noted African American photographer who broke the race barrier to the White House News Photographers Association in 1961 while employed by the Washington Afro American. He covered 9 presidential administrations and traveled to over 20 countries.


Born in Washington, D.C. he began taking photos in his childhood. He worked in the photography department at the Pentagon, but was restricted to the darkroom due to his race.


He was well known for his visual documentation of the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s and provided imagery of events like the Montgomery to Selma march led by Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.


In 1962, he began a 31 year tenure with Ebony and Jet Magazine ( produced by the Johnson Publishing Company). If you look through your vintage editions of the magazine, you'll see that Sorrell photographed the cover images.


In 2018, the Slought Organization and the University of Pennsylvania curated an exhibit of Sorrell's work.


This is part of a larger Sorrell photography collection within the Nanny Jack & Co


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Courtesy of Nanny Jack & Co Archives

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