BIOGRAPHY OF AL CLAYTON
1939 Moved to Copperhill, TN.
1961 Left Art Center School and moved to Atlanta. Worked for JEROME DROWN STUDIO and GRAPHIC ASSOCIATES shooting advertising jobs.
1967 Received assignment from Pat Watters at SOUTHERN REGIONAL COUNCIL to photograph conditions of the poor and dispossessed in the American South. These photographs were used by Senator Robert Kennedy and Senator Joseph Clark in their hearings on hunger and malnutrition in the U.S. These photos were said to be a strong influence in passing the Food Stamp Act.
1968 Opened studio, AL CLAYTON, PHOTOGRAPHER, in Nashville and received magazine assignments from LOOK, LIFE, NEWSWEEK, TIME,U. S. NEWS, NEW YORK TIMES, ESQUIRE, etc..
1969 Published STILL HUNGRY IN AMERICA.
Exhibited at the JEWISH MUSEUM in New York City with Dorthea Lange's work :
1969 Covered the war in Biafra for Look Magazine.
1970 Photographed A MIND TO STAY HERE. Written by John Egerton.
Began photographing album covers for Columbia Records, Capricorn Records, Warner Brothers, R.C.A. and other record companies.
1971 Photographed HILLBILLY WOMEN. Written by Kathy Kahn.
1972 Returned to Atlanta and opened studio, AL CLAYTON, PHOTOGRAPHER.
1987 Photographed SOUTHERN FOOD. Written by John Egerton.
1988 Won CLIO AWARD for WORLDWIDE ADVERTISING EXCELLENCE.
1989 Published COVENANT. Words by Will Campbell.
I presently live and work in Jasper, GA.
AL CLAYTON, INC.
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