A photographic survey by Major Morris (1921 -2016)

May 8 - September 26, 2021

A collection of 42 documentary photographs by Major Morris. (1921-2016) His photos, mostly taken in Boston and Philadelphia during the 1960s, start with young children and take the viewer through older ages, finally reaching the Poor Peoples March of 1968 in Washington, D.C. But his emphasis is on the importance of nurturing children, on education, on encouraging a child to be the best that they can be. This fascinating exhibition is shown in our North Gallery till September 26th. We are open Friday, Saturday, and Sunday 10-4.

"I am not certain of just what message you will receive from the things that I share with you today, but there is one thing that I would like to feel has been made evident, and that is my deep and abiding belief in the value of ethnic and cultural identity for the many groups that made up the mosaic of the American society."

-Major Morris

"Gettin' Along"
Cambridge Mass. Mid 1960s

“In my photographic experience I have always been drawn to capturing images of what life was for me as I groped my way through an underprivileged youthful existence; what life continues to be for so many young people living in circumstances similar to those of my early childhood, and in capturing those images, expressing what I feel about the strength and beauty of those children who refuse to be victims. What I see is the reality of the physical circumstances into which these youngsters have been brought to life."

-Major Morris

"... Care to Share?"
Boston Suburb, mid 1960s


“What I see is the indomitable spirit that feeds the imagination, the curiosity, the need for doing that is natural to these and all youngsters during their formative years. I see the possibilities for growth, for the excitement of learning, for the formation of dreams that will take them up and out into productive, contributive lives. What I see is the need for the dreams to be nurtured! That is what my photographs are about!”

-Major Morris

Boston Suburb 1966

"At The Resort"
Northeast USA, 1968

"The Boss"
Boston Area, ca 1965

"I Have a Dream"
Poor People's March 1968

Major Morris(1921-2016)

Born in 1921, Major Morris grew up in the poverty-stricken West End of Cincinnati. After the Civil Rights era, Morris, a World War II veteran who had dropped out of high school to help support the family, earned a master’s degree from Harvard University and became an educator, training teachers in diversity and cultural sensitivity. Later he worked as an affirmative action officer at Portland State University in Portland, Oregon.

Morris began his photographic pursuits as a laboratory technician in the 1950s at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), where he learned the art of creating photographs. One of Morris’s earliest public showings was in a gallery of the Arlington Street Church of Boston. Later, some selected images were shown at the DeCordova Museum of Lincoln, Mass., in “The New England Experience,” an exhibition featuring the work of outstanding photographers. His photographs appeared in a wide range of publications, focusing on his urban images, which offered insightful social commentary.

After a productive and satisfying career as an educator, Major Morris retired to Escondido. He resumed his photographic activities and wrote about his life's experiences. His photographs featured in numerous exhibits throughout the county. He self-published two books, “Nurture Their Dreams,” a photo book of a number of his well-known black-and-white photographs, and “Escape from Black Bottom,” an anthology that he dedicated to “Grandmothers who nurture children’s dreams.” Both books are available in the gallery.

We’re thankful to his wife Anne-Grethe, who permitted us to share this set of photographs in hopes that more people know about the person behind the lens. https://www.majormorris.net/current

The Borrego Art Institute, North Gallery. May 8 - September 26th.
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