Celebrating Martin Luther King Jr.’s ‘Dream’ after 50 years

August 28 marks the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech, a key event that changed the course of civil rights and American history. Throughout the years, Dr. King has become an icon of promise, justice and hope for millions — especially to those within the poorest and most segregated communities. Camilo Jose Vergara, known on Flickr as Camilo Time tracker, has been photographing urban America for more than four decades and can attest to Dr. King’s everlasting influence.

“I have seen many images on the walls of urban America,” Camilo tells The Weekly Flickr. “But the one that stands out still after all these years, are the images of Martin Luther King, Jr.”

Camilo has been referred to as an “archivist of decline” because of his interest in the American inner city.

“I was interested in the culture of the place and what the community values,” Camilo explains. “I found it in murals that were placed in alleys. Wall art reflects the community — what they’re thinking, feeling and even idolizing. It’s interesting.”

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Camilo spent years returning to the same places to witness how communities changed. Over time, he accumulated an archive of images that people made. Among them he started to see the recurrent image of Martin Luther King Jr.

Each mural of Dr. King depicted different values and served many purposes. One was to stop gang graffiti which was always so pervasive.

“It was interesting because there were three symbols that were particularly used for graffiti fighting,” Camilo says. “One was Christ. The other was the Virgin of Guadalupe. The last was Martin Luther King Jr. The idea was no one would dare deface these icons.”

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Dr. King’s image was also used to bridge the gap between different ethnic communities. He was a symbol of equality and peace; local businesses would display his image as a sign to welcome/invite others.

“A picture of King would diminish tension,” Camilo explains. “Particularly after the LA riots in 1992, when tension between the Latino and Black communities was very strong. Dr. King became a fixture in Latino storesmini markets, liquor stores and so on — because it was saying to the African American population, ‘We are friendly to you. We take your symbols and make them ours.’”

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Throughout his travels across America, Camilo noticed wall art reflected the ethnic makeup of each community. Most of King’s images reflected these areas in how and where he was painted. For example, in New York, because of its large Latino population, Camilo would see Dr. King next to Latino symbols — like the Puerto Rican symbol of El Morro.

“In Los Angeles, what you’d see is this whole school of people who were sign painters and probably never painted a Black person before,” Camilo explains. “So then Dr. King ended up looking very Latino. In some cases Latino-Indian or Mexican-Indian. In other places, like Detroit, Martin Luther King ended up looking Asian with slanted eyes. It was always different.”

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Over the years Camilo noticed Dr. King in the midst of great icons like Nelson Mandela, Rosa Parks and Malcom X. Recently, he’s been joined by President Obama, Oprah Winfrey and Colin Powell. But as Camilo points out, “Martin Luther King was always there. He was the one steady thing.”

When asked why Martin Luther King Jr.’s image has made such an impression after all these years, Camilo’s answer is simple.

“Martin Luther King Jr. was a great man,” Camilo says. “Most speeches (when you hear them) lose power. But with Martin Luther King, there’s something about the voice, about the way he speaks that really moves you. It’s like you have to stop what you’re doing. He has this staying power.”

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“People feel compelled to keep him on their walls,” Camilo says. “The number of truly great people is not that large, but Martin Luther King is one of those people. He has been there for a while, and I think he’ll continue to be there for a long time to come.”

Camilo’s photography has earned him a lot of praise. In 2002, he was awarded a MacArthur Foundation “genius” grant; and in 2013, he was awarded the National Humanities Medal by President Obama. Camilo was the first photographer ever to receive this prestigious award.

Visit Camilo’s photostream to see more of his photography, and visit his website to learn more about his work and where you can see it.

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Breathtaking blue moon

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Evergreen Over Mare Nubium On A Rare Blue Moon

Blue Moon Beams, Lynn, Massachusetts

Full Moon over The Belle Toute Lighthouse

San Diego Skyline under a rising moon

On Aug. 20, the blue moon, or third full moon this season, captivated many photographers who took these terrific shots.

See, and share, more spectacular moonlit moments in the Blue Moon Scenes gallery and MOON shots group.

Photos from kalday, rdt410, Zircon_215, jcfmbost, torinouk, GenNap, and g_i_wang.

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The Wild Ones open happiness in August

A contribution from Sarah Ann Loreth

Continuing our tour across the southern United States, we ventured from Dallas to New Orleans where we explored the city with fellow photographer Cameron Sarradet. After spending a few warm days in Louisiana, we continued down to Tampa where we held our fourth workshop in beautiful Lettuce Lake Park.

Tea for Two.

The workshop was attended by seven talented photographers from all over Florida. We welcomed the group with a chance for them to share their stories with us and the rest of the group before heading out into the park to work on photos. The afternoon was filled with photoshoots, everyone in the workshop was busy planning, modelling and assisting each other with their photos.

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After the workshop, we spent some time capturing some magic at Disneyworld and Universal Studios before heading up to Atlanta. Our first stop in Atlanta was Coca-Cola headquarters where we spent the day teaching two workshops to enthusiastic employees. Coca-Cola has generously donated to our trip and we were so excited to say thank you in person and share our stories with them. Shortly after the workshops ended we headed over to Piedmont Park where we hosted a small meet up of local photographers, shooting photos until the sun set.

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We still have two workshops left and spaces available in each!

Washington DC – August 19th, New York City – August 24th

To reserve a spot at a workshop please email us at thewildones@rocketmail.com.

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Flickr Meetup this weekend in San Francisco

If you are around San Francisco this weekend, head on over to shoot some photos and meet other Flickr members IRL (In Real Life) for a photowalk. We will explore the city’s famous Haight Ashbury district together.

#sfflickrmeetup on Saturday, 8/24, 1 PM. RSVP here: http://www.meetup.com/flickr/San-Francisco-CA/985862/

#sfflickrmeetup: Mission murals walk, 2013

Bring a meetup to your city by adding your own event on the Flickr Meetup page, and let us know by tweeting to @Flickr. We’re happy to promote it here on our blog!

Have fun, and hopefully we’ll see you in San Francisco on Saturday!

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Monterey Car Week 2013

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Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance 2013, The Lodge at Pebble Beach Golf Links

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For a week this August, rare autos went on display for the prestigious Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance and other annual car exhibitions in the Monterey area of California. Attendees were treated with a wide range of vehicles, from a 1914 roadster to the latest model Range Rover sliced in half.

See more vehicles in the Monterey Car Week 2013 gallery and Motoramic group.

Photos from fred ross lord, G.E. Anderson, SpeersM5, pzeissig, and Commish10.

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Peculiar Porcelain House

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瓷房子 Porcelain House Museum

The 4th largest city in China, Tianjin, has an unusual attraction known as the Porcelain House or China House. An affluent collector of Chinese vases supposedly spent over $300 million to convert a nondescript building into mosaic of ancient ceramic pieces from damaged antiques, which opened to the public in 2007.

Photos from gill_penney, ruggero25, ShanLuPhoto, I.S.S, gralola, and - d o b b e l -.

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Daguerreotype anniversary: Invention of photography

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On this day (August 19) in 1839, France announced that artist Louis Daguerre (1787-1851) invented the first photographic process, Daguerreotype, and publicly presented it as a “free to the world” gift.

See more original and copied selections of historical daguerreotypes in the Photography Invention Tribute gallery.

Photos from The Library of Congress, George Eastman House, Museum of Photographic Arts Collections, and SMU Central University Libraries.

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Join the world in celebrating World Photography Day!

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World photography day wishes to all my Friends

Today is World Photography Day 2013. Started in 2009 by Australian Photographer Korske Ara, the World Photography Day project unites thousands of photographers from more than 150 countries around the globe. Korske says he believes that "photography has the power to tell stories, inspire generations and initiate change in the world."

Take a shot today and become part of World Photography Day 2013 by joining the official World Photography Day group on Flickr and sharing your photo with other Flickr members, by submitting your photo to the project on the WPD website, and by getting involved further – it can be an outing of fellow photographers in your area or as simple as reading a photography book.

Whether you capture memories with your phone, point-and-shoot or SLR, World Photography Day is about appreciating photography and the unique influence it has on our daily lives.

Don’t forget to tag your contributions "world photography day" to make it easier to find them. We will feature a selection of your submissions later this week.

Video courtesy of World Photography Day, photos from Ajinhari, and £$þ

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Astronaut’s astounding ISS mission photos

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Waiting for a target… (2/2)

Like a Mondrian, fields in Kansas, USA The eye of Mordor? No, not Middle Earth, just Earth…

Sea, sand and clouds imitate a star forming nebula in the Caribbean Like swimming pools, in the middle of the Pacific, the atolls of French Polynesia

Maybe one day our  settlements on Mars will look like this…

Space Invaders in the desert?

A snowy peak near La Paz, Bolivia, reminds me of a white poinsettia! And then, a rose in the middle of South Pacific

Amazon Rainforest rivers end their course in the Atlantic at sunset. As we fly over Peru, the clouds from the ocean reach into the valleys, like fingers grabbing the land.

In Madagascar, a river creates an astounding web of colors Like hands raised to the sky: the waters of Bahamas take my breath away yet again

Columbus is visible in the reflection

ATV-4 homing in on the Station

Sicily: an island of light, a lighthouse for a space travelerKEEP FOR 10 AUGUST The Mediterranean, the Pleiades and a storm in the distance…

Our window on the world

Straight from the 80s: sweat doesn’t go anywhere, so we wear a headband – forget fashion! A bit of relax after a long day – hopefully without disturbing anyone else’s

Getting water after sport

Sunday dinner with the crew

Space paparazzi!

Thanks to the European Space Agency (ESA), a photostream shared by Italian astronaut Luca Parmitano documents his six-month Volare mission at the International Space Station (ISS). Parmitano provides extraordinary views of Earth’s geographic features and candid shots of a cosmonaut’s daily life, including a selfie shot during his first spacewalk and floating over colleagues at Sunday dinner. Seen from the “window of the world” spot on the ISS, a Bolivian snowy peak resembles a snowflake and a South Pacific budding storm appears like the top of a white rose. The sights captured in his mission photos are nothing short of astounding, and we look forward to seeing more from his expeditions.

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Music icons up close and live: Miranda Lambert to Jay-Z

Scott Dudelson is a self-described music nerd. As a concert photographer, he’s been to at least a 1,000 concerts across the country and has photographed nearly 3,000 bands.

“Being at a live music event is extraordinary, but being in the photo pit taking pictures is magical,” he tells The Weekly Flickr. “When you get to be in front of icons like The Rolling Stones, Jay Z and The Red Hot Chili Peppers, there’s nothing quite like it.“

“When people look at my photos, I want them to feel like they have a VIP seat to the show.”

Scott began his career in 2004. After experiencing the unique access to bands and camaraderie with the other photographers, he realized this was the path he wanted to pursue.

“Being at a live music event is extraordinary, but being in the photo pit taking pictures is magical,” Scott says. “Behind you is the front row where all the biggest fans are going crazy! That excitement feeds right into the performer, and I’m in the middle of that. It’s like a vortex of awesome energy that you just get hit with.”

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As a music nerd, Scott loves all genres of music. He says he’s agnostic to what he shoots, as long as the performer is excellent. He’ll attend country shows, rock shows, pop shows, bluegrass, etc. “As long as the music is good, I’m the first one there”, Scott says.

At every concert, Scott likes to capture the artist’s signature move – the one stand-out moment or gesture that defines him/her as a performer.

“Every artist has their signature moves,” Scott explains. “Whether it’s Mick Jones from The Clash — he does a little machine-gun thing with his guitar. Or it’s Johnny Marr from The Smiths — he’ll do a big, high kick. It excites me to capture these moments because it allows other people who may not have been at the show to see it. It’s incredible.”

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One of Scott’s favorite live artists to capture is Miranda Lambert. Her signature moment is running away from the microphone with her hair flailing out, jumping up and down. Another is Dave Grohl of The Foo Fighters who, similar to Lambert, shakes his head with his hair all over the place like a wild man.

Kanye West loves to do a thing where he points to the sky,” Scott says. “It’s like he’s telling the universe that he’s Kanye West and will do it at least once a set. Mick Jagger will walk around the entire stage and play to both the fans and the camera. You’ll see him throwing his hands up, jump up and down, as limited as he can do.”

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Apart from capturing a good photo, Scott believes these signature moments are historical.

“If you go back 30… 40 years ago and see pictures of Jim Morrison, Jimi Hendrix or Janis Joplin,” Scott says. “These are moments that at the time, people now relish to relive. I can only hope that in 20 years, people look at my pictures and feel like the essence of who these artists are was captured.”

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To Scott, concert photography ended up being one of the greatest things he’s ever done in his life and enjoys it every day.

“The opportunity to take pictures in a photo pit, two feet away from some of the greatest starts in the world,” Scott admits. “It fulfills every music nerd dream I’ve ever had.”

Like Scott’s photography? Check out these Matrix-like photos and a photographer who explodes light bulbs!

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