For Sale: An Extraordinary Collection of Photos Taken By (And Of!) the Legendary R.C. Hickman
|Photo by R.C. Hickman|
|Sammy Davis Jr. pays a Dallas radio station a visit in June 1954.|
The photos are all being sold at buy-it-now prices ($50!) by Fort Worth-based Mid Century Gallery, whose Joseph Clayton just told me that they came from Hickman's personal collection and "are not photos found in the UT collection." Clayton says they were purchased three months ago "at an auction of his private collection." He said he's tried to sell them at auction but could find no takers; hence, the first-come-first-served offering.
There are photos of Martin Luther King Jr., Sammy Davis Jr. and boxer Curtis Cokes; another features Hickman and some jazz pals in Manhattan, and he's explained who's who on the back. You'll also find more everyday scenes -- like a car inspection or a shot of Stamp Day, the kind of photos that defined Hickman's work. As Barbara Jordan wrote in her intro to the book, "These are images of the ordinary lives of extraordinary people who succeeded in spite of all the obstacles in their path, and who eventually demanded and, in important ways, won their rights."