“Selma March 1965” features over 150 photographs depicting the three Selma-to-Montgomery marches that rocked the nation and galvanized the Civil Rights Movement in 1965. Gallerist Stephen Kasher says:
“Never before in New York or any other gallery has the work of photographers James Barker, Spider Martin and Charles Moore been brought together like this. By combining their work, the exhibition captures in a new way the angst, courage and chaos of this seminal moment in American history.”
As the Academy Award nominated film illustrates, on March 7th, 1965, Alabama state troopers and a local posse attacked civil rights demonstrators in Selma, stopping a planned peaceful march to the state capitol in Montgomery, wounding many innocent marchers. Filmed and photographed, “Bloody Sunday” instantly caused nationwide outrage. Days later, another march, led by the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., was turned back. A third, ultimately successful march left Selma on March 21, arriving in Montgomery five days later. By then, President Lyndon B. Johnson, pushed by Dr. King and the horrific images of brutality captured by Martin, Moore and others, had introduced the Voting Rights Act to Congress, which became law later that year.
“Together the images on display present a complex, compelling tableau that is both monumental and intimate, brave and vulnerable. The exhibit is inspiring, but also a chilling reminder that those who fight for social justice do at great risk, with no guarantee that their efforts will be successful – though sometimes they are, if only partially.” –Steven Kasher
“Selma March 1965” commemorates the 50th anniversary of the Selma marches as well as the Voting Rights Act they catalyzed. It is the 30th public exhibition that Kasher has organized of photography of the Civil Rights Movement. The exhibition opens at Steven Kasher Gallery Thursday, March 5th, 6–8 PM and runs through April 18th, 2015. It will be attended by James Barker, Tracy Martin and Michelle Moore Peel.
(Photos, Spider Martin, Charles Moore via Steven Kasher Gallery)