Exhibition of the photographs of P.H. Polk

Image of exhibit

The photographs of notable African American photographer P.H. Polk are currently on exhibit at the African American Museum & Library at Oakland. Born in Bessemer, Alabama on November 25, 1898, Polk opened his first studio in Tuskegee in 1927, and in 1928 was appointed to the faculty of the Tuskegee Institute Photography Department, where he served as head of the Department from 1933 to 1938. In 1939, he briefly operated his own studio in Atlanta, but returned to Tuskegee after one year to become the college's official photographer, continuing also to run his own studio. The exhibit features portraits taken by Polk in the 1930s-1940s of African Americans in Bessemer, Alabama and offers a rich visual history of a variety of people from all walks of life. 


Saturday, September 23, 2017 - Sunday, December 31, 2017