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Crowder, Guy R. | Special Collections & Archives

Name: Crowder, Guy R.

Historical Note:

After graduating from high school in Compton, Guy Crowder enlisted in the Marine Corps Reserve, serving from 1957-1963. During his military years he developed an interest in photography. His professional career began in 1960 as a staff photographer for Your Community Studio in Los Angeles. He took classes at Harbor College and L. A. Trade Technical College.

Guy Crowder chronicled political, social and athletic events in Los Angeles for over 25 years as a freelance photographer for the Los Angeles Sentinel, LA Metropolitan Gazette, Los Angeles Times, Ebony and Jet Magazines, Herald Examiner, Southwest Wave, Tempo News,and the West Coast News. This gave him the privilege of a close proximity to the heartbeat of his community. In 1974, Los Angeles Supervisor Kenneth Hahn asked Crowder to work for him, making Crowder the first African American to be employed by the Board of Supervisors.

Crowder maintained his own studio and employed as many as three photographers in his shop. Crowder, or one of his photographers routinely worked seven days a week on assignments.

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