Muhammad Ali sitting by pool of the Sit John Hotel in Miami, August 1961
© Flip Schulke
Silver gelatin print
Flip Schulke was one of America’s premier photojournalists for more than forty-five years. A native of New Ulm, Minnesota, and a graduate of Macalester College in St. Paul, Schulke moved to Miami in the 1950s, where he developed specialties in underwater photography, auto racing, the space program, and the history of the Berlin Wall. Through his close friendship with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., he became best known as one of the leading chroniclers of the Southern civil-rights movement. He covered nearly every major civil-rights story in the South from the 1950s until Dr. King’s assination in 1968.
For many years, Schulke was a contract photographer for Life magazine. His work has also appeared in National Geographic magazine, Sports Illustrated, Time, Newsweek, The Saturday Evening Post, Der Stern, and numerous other publications. Schulke won dozens of national photojournlism awards, including first-prize honours for Picture of the Year. In 1986, he was presented with the first annual New York State Martin Luther King, Jr., Medal by Governor Mario Cuomo. In 1995, he received the Crystal Eagle Award from the National Press Photographers Association for his lifelong documentation of the civil-rights movement.