From Watsonville, California, the activist photographer Bob Fitch was best known for his work that captured iconic images of major figures of movements for civil rights, peace and social justice, such as Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Cesar Chavez, and Dorothy Day and for images of the everyday people who fought for change in these movements. The Bob Fitch photography archive at Stanford contains more than 200,000 images, primarily black and white photographs and negatives, spanning the period from 1965 to the present.
Bob Fitch has written: “My life has been immeasurably enriched by the people whose lives I have been privileged to document, especially the workers and leaders of this nation’s non-violent campaigns for peace & justice. I am grateful and honored that Stanford University has chosen to preserve and make public this valuable heritage.”
Reproduced by Bob Fitch Photography Archive, Martin Luther King Jr. Collection Stanford University Libraries.
You can watch a conversation discussing his artwork with art advisor Danielle Wohl and Stanford University Libraries staff in the Talks with the Artists interview series below.