I happened to see the photo above while reviewing AP images for another story. I was immediately struck by what…

Lauren Bacall, enjoying a performance by then Vice President Harry Truman. Bacall died today at age 89.

John Lewis. Freedom Rider. July 1961. Lewis recently tweeted the photograph, spawning this fascinating, powerful thread.

Martin Luther King, Jr., Ralph Abernathy and Malcolm X, awaiting a press conference. March 26th, 1964.

Bessie Smith, ‘The Empress of the Blues’, photographed by Carl Van Vechten in February 1936, a year before she died…

Doris Day, age 24, photographed in New York by William Gottlieb.

‘Breaker boys’ were young boys, usually between the ages of 8 and 12 years old, employed in breaking stage of…

It is perhaps the most iconic American photograph of the 20th century. On February 23rd, 1945, US Marines captured Mount…

Woody Guthrie, photographed in 1943, aged 32.

Mark Twain (Samuel L. Clemens), age 71, three years before his death in 1910.

Ruby Dee died June 11th, 2014 at the age of 91. She appears here in 1962.

The identity of the woman in this photograph is unknown. It was taken circa 1900 by the American photographer William…

Lead Belly (Huddie Ledbetter) and wife Martha Promise Ledbetter. February 1935. See more on Lead Belly in this TPM Editor’s…

Bunk Johnson and Leadbelly at the Stuyvesant Casino in New York City. June 1946. Read more about Leadbelly in this…

Howard McGhee and Miles Davis. New York City, September 1947. I’ve looked at this photo many times. Davis is 21….