Matt Herron has been a photographer, writer, and photojournalist for most of his life. His work includes organizing a team of five photographers in 1964 to form The Southern Documentary Project, to capture the push for voting rights in the south. Drawing on advice from his friend, the noted documentary photographer Dorothea Lange, he pulled together a shoestring budget, recruited photographers with civil rights experience, and completed the summer with a file of unforgettable photographs. Along the way, Southern Documentary photographers suffered beatings and nearly died at the hands of a sheriff’s posse in Selma, Alabama. Those experiences have been captured in his latest book, Mississippi Eyes: The Story and Photography of the Southern Documentary Project
, and in the photography exhibit he curated, This Light of Ours: Activist Photographers of the Civil Rights Movement
. His photographs are in the permanent collections of the George Eastman House, the Smithsonian Institution, the High Museum of Art, and the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture.