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Dan Budnik
From January 17th to February 26th,
Benham Gallery would like to celebrate
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day and Black History Month
with works by Dan Budnik.


In 1963, Dan Budnik was a 30 year old free-lance photographer very much concerned with social issues. He wanted to tell the world the story of the Civil Rights Movement from a different angle; beyond the riots, attack dogs and fire-hosed marchers shown on the news every night. Budnik got his chance by convincing Life Magazine to let him try to penetrate the white segregationists circle for a special feature. The piece never panned out but Budnik accomplished his goal and wound up in Alabama for the third and finally successful attempt by black and white supporters of civil rights to march from the adamantly segregationist, small town of Selma to the state's capital of Montgomery, 54 miles east, where the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. was minister at Dexter Baptist Church.

In the 35 years since the Selma-to-Montgomery march, Budnik has published work in dozens of magazines, books, even films. His images are in the collections of major museums, including the Museum of Modern Art in New York, and have been exhibited in galleries across the country. Two years ago, the American Society of Magazine Photographers gave him its Honor Award; previous recipients include Henri Cartier-Bresson, Dorothea Lange, Ernst Haas and Arnold Newman.

Exhibit will open January 18th, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Opening will be held the following First Thursday, 3 February, 6pm - 8pm




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