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P. H. Polk

Also Known as: Prentice H. Polk, Prentice Hall Polk, Prentice Herman Polk

Bessemer, Alabama 1898

Tuskegee, Alabama 1984


Prentice Hall Polk studied photography at Tuskegee Institute in Tuskegee, Alabama. He later became the school's official photographer and maintained a studio in Tuskegee from 1939 until his retirement in the early 1980s. His photographs celebrate the national and local elite, as well as the working-class residents of the region.

Gwen Everett African American Masters: Highlights from the Smithsonian American Art Museum (Washington, D.C. and New York: Smithsonian American Art Museum in association with Harry N. Abrams, Inc., 2003)