feature: celebrating legendary new york times photographer chester higgins jr.

December 18, 2014

To mark the retirement of legendary New York Times photographer Chester Higgins Jr, AFROPUNK would like to celebrate both the photographer and his work – a photographer known for his iconic photographs, such as the one above of Maya Angelou dancing with Amiri Baraka at the Schomberg Center (dancing over the ashes of Langston Hughes). Check out some more of his most notable images, below; and read his own words HERE regarding his 40 plus years at the American Newspaper.

By Alexander Aplerku, AFROPUNK Contributor

“When I arrived at The New York Times in 1975, I felt the media was immune to any real comprehension of the world I knew well. I wanted to share the history and traditions of the people I grew up with — to help broaden the bridge of understanding between the majority and minority cultures in this country.”