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Occupation(s):
Photographer

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Birthplace

Born:
12/16/1936
Birth Location:
New York, New York

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Category:
ArtMakers
Occupation(s):
Photographer

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Favorite Color:
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Favorite Time of Year:
Fall
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Birthplace

Born:
12/16/1936
Birth Location:
New York
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Biography

Photographer Herbert Eugene Randall, Jr. was born on December 16, 1936, in Bronx, New York, to factory worker Herbert Randall, Sr., and homemaker Jane Hunter. In 1951, Randall began studying with renowned photographer Harold Feinstein, an artist known for his black-and-white documentary photography. The following year, Randall worked as a freelance photographer for a variety of media organizations, including "Black Star," United Press International and the Associated Press. In 1963, Randall founded an African American photographer’s workshop, called the Kamoinge Workshop, in New York City, New York, alongside established photographers Lou Draper, Ray Francis, James Mannas, Herman Howard and Albert Fenner.

In 1964, Randall received a John Hay Whitney Fellowship and was encouraged by Sanford R. Leigh, the Director of Mississippi Freedom Summer's Hattiesburg project, to photograph the effects of the Civil Rights Movement in Hattiesburg, Mississippi.
Randall photographed volunteers in a variety of projects, including the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party campaign and voter registration drives. One of Randall’s most famous photographs was published that summer, the photo of the bloody and concussed Rabbi Arthur Lelyveld, head of a prominent Cleveland Congregation and former World War II objector. Randall returned to New York in 1965, and served as supervisor of photography for Bedford Stuyvesant Youth In Action, Inc. In 1968, Randall joined the Brooklyn Children’s Museum as a photography instructor, and in his spare time became South Bronx Youth Village’s photographic consultant. Between 1970 and 1974, Randall was the New York City Board of Education Multi-Media Project Coordinator of Photography. During this period, Randall was awarded the Creative Artists Public Service (CAPS) Grant for photography.

In 1974, the National Media Center Foundation hired Randall as a photographic consultant, where he would remain until 1981, when he moved to the Shinnecock Indian Reservation in Southampton, New York, and began working as a custodian and school bus driver. In 1999, Randall donated the his photography archives – nearly 2,000 negatives – to the University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg. The school organized a traveling exhibition consisting of one-hundred of the photographs ending in 2003. University of Southern Mississippi Archivist Bobs M. Tusa joined Randall in 2001, to write "Faces of Freedom Summer," which tells the story of Randall’s photographs from Mississippi Freedom Summer. The following year, Randall’s work was exhibited as a part of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Week celebration at Stanford University. Randall’s work has been exhibited at galleries across the country, including the Brooklyn Museum, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and Baltimore’s Cultural Arts Gallery.

Herbert Eugene Randall, Jr. was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on September 28, 2007.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Herbert Randall describes his mother's upbringing
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Herbert Randall talks about his maternal grandparents
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Herbert Randall describes his mother's personality
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Herbert Randall describes his father
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Herbert Randall describes his father's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Herbert Randall describes his earliest childhood memories
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Herbert Randall remembers his neighborhood in the Bronx, New York
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Herbert Randall remembers the arrival of heroin in the Bronx, New York
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Herbert Randall reflects upon his upbringing
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Herbert Randall remembers his early church experiences
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Herbert Randall remembers his early exposure to film and music
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Herbert Randall describes his schooling
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Herbert Randall remembers his early interest in photography
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Herbert Randall recalls his training under Harold Feinstein
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Herbert Randall remembers his U.S. Army service in Germany
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Herbert Randall talks about the Kamoinge Workshop
  • Tape: 2 Story: 10 - Herbert Randall describes New York City's Harlem neighborhood, pt. 1
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Herbert Randall describes New York City's Harlem neighborhood, pt. 2
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Herbert Randall talks about his photography
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Herbert Randall recalls his decision to photograph the Mississippi Freedom Summer
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Herbert Randall remembers meeting with Julian Bond in Washington, D.C.
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Herbert Randall remembers the SNCC training session in Oxford, Ohio
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Herbert Randall recalls an encounter with a police officer in rural Kentucky
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Herbert Randall remembers his arrival in Hattiesburg, Mississippi
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Herbert Randall reflects upon his involvement in the Mississippi Freedom Summer, pt. 1
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - Herbert Randall recalls the subjects of his photographs in Hattiesburg, Mississippi
  • Tape: 3 Story: 10 - Herbert Randall recalls a conversation with Rabbi Arthur J. Lelyveld
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Herbert Randall remembers photographing Rabbi Arthur J. Lelyveld
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Herbert Randall remembers his host family in Hattiesburg, Mississippi
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Herbert Randall remembers communicating with his family during the Freedom Summer
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Herbert Randall reflects upon his experiences in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, pt. 1
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Herbert Randall recalls donating his film negatives to the University of Southern Mississippi
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Herbert Randall recalls his work with the Bedford-Stuyvesant Youth in Action
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Herbert Randall remembers his wedding in New York City's Harlem neighborhood
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Herbert Randall talks about his son's career
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Herbert Randall talks about his experiences as an educator
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Herbert Randall describes the Shinnecock reservation in Southampton, New York
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Herbert Randall talks about exhibiting his photography
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Herbert Randall reflects upon his involvement in the Mississippi Freedom Summer, pt. 2
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Herbert Randall remembers the leaders of the Mississippi Freedom Summer
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Herbert Randall describes how he would like to be remembered