William Fambrough (1916-1983) Photograph Collection (0400kc)
Fambrough lived and worked as a photographer in Kansas City for most of his life. He worked on a freelance basis for many years, but spent most of his career at the Kansas City Call as staff photographer and engraver. The Kansas City Star also printed Fambrough's work, but gave credit to The Call, not the photographer. During the 1950s through the 1970s, Fambrough took thousands of photographs of almost every aspect of African-American life in Kansas City. During his career, Fambrough's signature style of capturing the image he wanted with a single attempt earned him the nickname, "One-Shot Fambrough."
Included in the 2,000 negatives are photographs of social club meetings, political rallies, sporting events, weddings, and historic sites. People captured on film by Fambrough are teachers, housing officials, dancers, mechanics, athletes, children, and even Kansas City Call newspaper carriers. ca. 1950-ca. 1980
1.5 cubic feet
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Tuesday, March 21, 2006
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