The Apollo has launched a four-episode video series, Live Wire From The Apollo Archives: The Photographs and Films of Gordon Anderson, highlighting the life and work of the famed photographer and filmmaker who captured some of the most iconic moments on The Apollo stage and the Harlem community from the 1940s into the 1970s.
This era was defining for The Apollo as it continued to establish itself as the epicenter of Black culture, providing a home for artists and performers across the diaspora—and during his tenure as House Photographer, Anderson was there to capture it all. From candid moments and performance shots of icons like Billie Holiday, Jackie Wilson, and Sammy Davis Jr., to everyday moments in the neighborhood, Anderson’s work is a vivid portrayal of life in Harlem.
Each installation of the series dives deep into the historic theater’s archives, featuring conversations between scholars, documentarians, members of the Anderson family, and Apollo Archivist Brad San Martin. The free series is now available and on-demand on The Apollo’s Digital Stage.
Read more about the Apollo Theater and its Oral History Project at Columbia Neighbors.
Keep up-to-date with The Apollo Theater’s multidisciplinary projects across The Apollo Stages at The Apollo and Victoria Theaters ~ with curtain rising in the Winter of 2023.
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