Icons and people - The Supremes and Berry Gordy, Los Angeles, Calif. 1967
This is a new and growing selection of photography of iconic figures, as well as ordinary people going about their life in a different moment in time. Some of these photography are published for the very first time through Modern Art Etc. worldwide.
In this series, we present Harry Adams' photography of iconic Americans, some of them well known throughout the world, not as African Americans, but simply, Americans, who have brought their talents, fortitude, creativity to the world. Some of them are heroes of all time, who have dedicated their lives to advancing equal opportunities, making a fairer, more equitable, civil society. Their indelible influence changed the world.
About this photo:
The Supremes (L-R) Mary Wilson, Diana Ross and Florence Ballard, sitting with boss, Berry Gordy, president of Motown Record Corp.
The Supremes gave the world numerous number one hits with songs that were stylish, that bridged the worlds of pop and soul. Berry Gordy, founder of Motown Records, together with his music production team, created the Motown Sound, a style of soul music with a distinct pop influence.
These songs were hits beyond America, and were heard in dance clubs and radio stations throughout America and as far as Asia, such as “Back in My Arms Again”, “Where Did Our Love Go,” “Baby Love,” “Come See About Me”, “Stop! In the Name of Love”, “You Can’t Hurry Love,” “You Keep Me Hangin’ On,” “Love Is Here and Now You’re Gone,” “The Happening,” “Love Child”, “Someday We’ll Be Together”, to name a few.
The Supremes rose from the poverty of Detroit’s Brewster housing project to become Motown’s most consistent hitmakers and the most popular female group of the Sixties.
This milestone is all the more impressive because it occurred at the height of the British Invasion—a period when beat groups from abroad, (notably the Beatles), otherwise ruled the charts. The Supremes were America’s ingénues, exuding a stylish charm and soulfulness that appealed across the board to black and white listeners at a time when racial divides were coming down. Known in-house as Motown’s “sweethearts,” Berry Gordy saw the potential in them from the beginning. “All three girls had qualities so unique I’d often think: ‘If they could make us feel the way we do, what could they do to the world at large?’” he wrote in his autobiography, To Be Loved. (Rock & Roll, Hall of Fame).
Introduction to Harry Adams:
Harry Adams (b. 1918, Arkansas – d. 1988, Los Angeles ) was one of the best-known members of the Los Angeles African American community. Adams worked as a freelancer for the California Eagle and Los Angeles Sentinel for 35 years. He trained at the California School of Photography and Graphic Design and although he took these photographs as part of his journalistic assignments, his artistic ability to capture the essence of a particular moment in time earned him the moniker “One Shot Harry”. His collection is particularly rich in its images of the prominent African Americans who defined his era, but also of ordinary life, documenting social life, schools, civil rights organizations, protests, and cultural events.
“His work is not only a contribution to journalism, but also part of our history.” LA Times.
Harry Adams' work has been licensed and / or used in documentaries, various exhibitions in America.
Available as C prints + silver gelatin prints from original negatives.
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