Section provides an intimate look at Rev. and Mrs. Taylor when they met
and married. It also includes images of close neighbors and friends.
Section calls attention to Rev. Taylor's ability to travel throughout the
community to make pictures of people, businesses and events that he
felt were important documents of Memphis' African American Community.
Section includes photographs Rev. Taylor took in homes and
neighborhoods and in front of the screen in his home studio. These photographs show how Rev.Taylor was able to relax the subjects to take
intimate, revealing images.
Each photograph's description in this exhibit includes the size of the
negative. Knowing this helped us determine the variety of cameras
Taylor used during his career. For example, from the 1920s to the
1940s he used 2.5 by 4.5 Kodak and Ansco film in his Kodak Box Camera.
In the 1930s and 1940s he used 4 x 5 negative sheet film in his View
Camera. After 1946 many of his photographs were made on 5x7 negative
film which he used in his Eastman View Camera 2-D.
Please help us with our ongoing research and let us know if you
recognize anyone from the photos in this exhibit. To contact us, just click the link next to the corresponding picture within the gallery.
The Center for Southern Folklore has selected a group of Taylor
photographs from our archives to be available for sale for the first
time in decades. These images are available individually or as a boxed