Behold the People
R. C. Hickman's Photographs of Black Dallas,
R. C. Hickman was a Dallas photographer whose thousands
of images produced from 1949-1961 document aspects of life in an
African American community in Texas. His photographs depict a community
largely invisible to white Americans — thoroughly a part of
mainstream America by virtue of accomplishment and lifestyle but
excluded from it because of race.
Mr. Hickman worked as a commercial portrait
photographer, as a photojournalist for several black newspapers
in Dallas, as a freelance photographer for national black publications
such as Jet, Sepia, and Ebony, and as a photographer
for the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People
(NAACP). His images reveal his awareness of the broad community
context within which individuals survive, grow, and understand themselves.