Martin Luther King Jr. by Mural

Photographer Camilo José Vergara captures varying portrayals of the civil rights leader in urban areas across the United States

Camilo José Vergara began photographing art in poor urban areas in the 1970s. He soon realized that one of the most prevalent figures in the artworks was Martin Luther King Jr. (Camilo José Vergara)


Martin Luther King Jr
(Maura McCarthy)
“You notice that they didn’t tag his face,” says Vergara. “And his face is that classic photograph of King. He is often shown as taking it in and trying to decide what to do.”

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