Inspired by the work of famed Civil Rights photographer Charles Moore, a native of The Shoals and Natalie’s neighbor, a collection of garments is designed for Fall/Winter 2008. An exhibition is staged in New York City in collaboration with Lisa Fox of LF8 Studio and 213 Park Avenue South, the former home of Max’s Kansas City, the famous nightclub and gathering spot for artists, musicians, poets, and politicians. Through this collaboration, Charles’ collection of negatives is retrieved, reprinted, and eventually archived at The Briscoe Center for American History at The University of Texas in Austin.
Charles’ passing on March 11, 2010, was a great loss for The Shoals community and the world. He will forever be remembered by his spirit and the images that remain.
Slide 1: Framed photograph by Charles Moore, balcony view of a sermon given by Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. with James Meredith at Dexter Avenue Baptist Church, Montgomery, Alabama, 1958, photograph by Robert Rausch, image and negatives from this series archived at the Briscoe Center for American History at The University of Texas in Austin; Close to Natalie’s heart, this piece hangs in her home as a symbol of progress, responsibility, and friendship
Slide 2: Spread from Alabama Chanin’s Revolution catalogue featuring the above Charles Moore photograph and a detail of the Southland restaurant sign in Sheffield, Alabama, 2008, photograph by Robert Rausch
Slide 3: “Wisdom for Change” from Alabama Chanin’s Revolution catalogue featuring a photograph of Martin Luther King Jr. by Charles Moore alongside pieces from Alabama Chanin’s collection, photograph by Robert Rausch, 2008
Slide 4: “Reflect: ‘The Revolution will not be televised. The Revolution will be no rerun, brothers. The Revolution—will be live.’ —Gil Scott Heron,” featuring photography by Charles Moore and Robert Rausch from Alabama Chanin’s Revolution catalogue, 2008
Slide 5: “walk together...stand together...sing together” featuring photography by Charles Moore and Robert Rausch from Alabama Chanin’s Revolution catalogue, 2008
Slide 6: “One Cake Can Make a Difference” from Alabama Chanin’s Revolution catalogue, 2008, photographs by Robert Rausch (learn more about Georgia Gilmore and the Club from Nowhere via The Kitchen Sisters’ Hidden Kitchens series and NPR)
Slide 7: Cover of Alabama Chanin’s Revolution catalogue featuring printed photo of Selma March, March 7, 1965, by Charles Moore, 2008, photograph by Robert Rausch