ADAMS, HARRY H. 1918-1988. An archive of approximately 1450 gelatin silver prints, most 9 1/2 x 7 5/8 inches, 1950s-80s, Los Angeles, with "Harry H. Adams, Avalon Blvd Studio" and "4300 South Central Avenue" stamp and/or date stamp on verso of many, a few duplicates, photos curled, but otherwise most in very good condition, with occasional scratching and edge-tears.
Provenance: the family of Harry H. Adams.
A MASSIVE PHOTOGRAPHIC ARCHIVE FROM AFRICAN-AMERICAN PHOTOGRAPHER HARRY H. ADAMS. Over the course of nearly four decades, Adams documented the African-American community in post-war Los Angeles as a freelance photographer for the city's two prominent black newspapers, the Los Angeles Sentinel and the California Eagle, and working from his Avalon Boulevard and South Central Avenue studios. The photographs in the present archive were taken at political rallies, press conferences, banquets, award ceremonies, and parties. Of special interest is a group of approximately 25 photographs of demonstrations, rallies, civil unrest, and confrontations with police, including photos from a National Farm Workers Association demonstration, a march against segregation, an anti-Bircher march, a housing equality march, police harassment of African-American demonstrators, public meetings, outdoor rallies, a Neo-Nazi demonstration, mobilized police forces, an NAACP march, a voter registration rally, and gas-masked officials outside Black Panthers headquarters following a raid. The remaining photos feature prominent African-American political figures, actors entertainers, and musicians of the day, as well as pro baseball and football players, showgirls, buffalo soldiers, jazz musicians, barbers, community members, and several in which Adams himself appears. Among those featured in the photographs are CLARENCE MUSE, JAMES BALDWIN, MUHAMMAD ALI, CORETTA SCOTT KING, TOM BRADLEY, DIANA ROSS, HANK AARON (inscribed), ROY CAMPANELLA, NANCY WILSON, LESLIE SCOTT (inscribed), GILBERT LINDSAY, BENJAMIN MAYS, LESLIE UGGAMS, ESTHER ROLLE, LOUIS ARMSTRONG, ELLA FITZGERALD, REVEREND IKE, MARTIN LUTHER KING, SR., RAY CHARLES, SINDEY POITIER, QUEEN ELIZABETH II, HAROLD WASHINGTON, ONZY MATTHEWS, LYNDON B. JOHNSON, SONNY AND CHER, GOVERNOR NELSON ROCKEFELLER, ROBERT KENNEDY, and hundreds of others. A small number of photographs was taken in the Bahamas and Washington, D.C.