James Karales
American, 1930-2002
Represented by industry leading galleries.

With his camera, photographer James Karales bore witness to the turbulence of the American 1960s and ’70s. He trained under W. Eugene Smith at Magnum photo agency, where he developed his signature style of rich black-and-white photography before becoming a staff photographer for Look magazine. As a photojournalist, he chronicled such key moments in the Civil Rights Movement as the historic Selma-to-Montgomery march, capturing Martin Luther King, Jr., Rosa Parks, and other figures in candid moments. He would go on to document the Vietnam War, as well as the domestic battles of the decade, including a series on New York’s drug-ravaged Lower East Side. Yet no matter the subject, Karales’ images shared a focus on quiet and introspective human moments, rather than the brutality and drama of the period.

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