The Image Works Announces a New Collection: Take Stock

Take Stock features historic stock photography of the civil rights and farm workers movements.

Woodstock, NY, January 19, 2010 --( The Image Works ( announces the addition of the photography of renowned civil rights photographer Matt Herron and the Take Stock collection to their archive. Founded by photojournalist and activist Matt Herron, Take Stock focuses sharply on two subjects; the Civil Rights Movement and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and the Migrant Farm Workers Movement including images of Cesar Chavez. The Image Works is the exclusive licensing and distributing agent for Take Stock.

The special qualities of the photographs in this historic stock photography collection flow directly from the passionate convictions of the photographers who made them. These photographers were not simply hired professionals on assignment, but talented image-makers dedicated personally to the cause of social justice. The photographers who are part of the Take Stock collection include George Ballis, Bob Fitch, Matt Herron, Ernest Lowe, Ivan Massar, Art Rogers and Maria Varela.

“Take Stock is about supporting the work of these photographers, many who still carry on social action. I want to keep alive the history of these important social movements. I have always been a socially motivated photographer.” - Matt Herron

Take Stock founder and director Matt Herron has been a photojournalist since 1962. His pictures have appeared in virtually every major news magazine in the world. Based in Mississippi in the early 1960’s, he covered the Civil Rights Movement for Life, Look, Time, Newsweek and the Saturday Evening Post as well as providing pictures for the Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee (SNCC). In 1964, Herron founded and directed the Southern Documentary Project, a team of six photographers that attempted to document the process of social change in the South. In 1965, he was awarded a World Press Award in Photo Stories for a civil rights photo taken in Mississippi.

Herron’s work has been exhibited in numerous galleries throughout his career. His photographs are in the permanent collections of The George Eastman House, The Smithsonian Institute and The Shomburg Center for Research in Black Culture.

The Image Works is an independent editorial stock photography agency in Woodstock, NY. The Image Works has unified numerous photographers and specialized collections from around the world into one impressive archive. Their images come from different sources: top notch photojournalists, a network of affiliated agencies, unique collections, museums, and newspapers. Spanning both historical and contemporary material, the result is an incredibly diverse yet focused collection of over one million images online and access to over 35 million images.

For more information on Take Stock or The Image Works, please contact Katherine Van Acker at The Image Works, (845) 679-8500.

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The Image Works
Katherine Van Acker
(845) 679-8500