Flashback: Atlanta in the 70s, The Photography of Boyd Lewis

Atlanta in the 70s could be described as a place of great political changes and social unrest that followed after. This particular collection of photos done by Boyd Lewis offers to take you four decades back in time and get a taste of the city as Lewis saw and captured it.

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Hosea Williams by Boyd Lewis
Photo by AJC.com
Ralph David Abernathy by Boyd Lewis
Photo by AJC.com
1972 Atlanta’s Gay Pride Parade by Boyd Lewis
Photo by AJC.com

Boyd Henry Lewis was known as a teacher, a former journalist, but above all as a photographer who worked for black-owned Atlanta newspapers and managed to document a great number of historically valuable political changes and events. Elections, press conferences, demonstrations, protests, meetings as well as staged portrait photos and images of Atlanta’s downtown and neighboring districts helps us to get a clear picture of the conditions and the “wild” political environment of the time.

The exhibited photographs will vary from Hank Aaron’s famous 715th home run to the tragic and heartbreaking imagery like Atlanta Missing or Murdered Children saga. This is a representation of the city’s subversive and alternative type of press that captured that exhilarating decade in the most honest kind of ways.

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When was it?

May 20, 2016 – January 16, 2017
Mon–Sat 10 a.m. – 5:30 p.m., Sun noon – 5:30 p.m.
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Where was it?

Venue
Margaret Mitchell House
Address of Margaret Mitchell House
979 Crescent Avenue NE, Atlanta, GA 30309

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Exhibition category
  • Photo
Price
$0 – $13
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