“Juxtapositions”: The Photos of Ted Polumbaum

For four decades, freelance photojournalist Ted Polumbaum (1924–2001) chronicled a vast range of newsmaking people and events, including the 1965 world heavyweight boxing rematch between Muhammad Ali and Sonny Liston, the political career of Ted Kennedy from 1958 to 1969, Mississippi’s Freedom Summer campaign of 1964, and dozens of civil rights and anti–Vietnam War protests.

A new book, “Juxtapositions: Images from the Newseum Ted Polumbaum photo collection,” features selections from his 200,000-image archive, the largest individual photo collection held by the Newseum. The book — designed and edited by Judy Polumbaum, Ted Polumbaum’s daughter — will be released on Aug. 1, 2016, but may be preordered from the publisher, Amazon or local booksellers.

As a Boston-based freelance photojournalist in the heyday of the great picture magazines, Polumbaum documented some of the most important news events and social movements of the second half of the 20th century with compassion and conviction. On assignment as well as through independent projects, he photographed athletes and artists, politicians and movie stars, parades and protests, medical breakthroughs and more.

The book features seldom-seen photos of political and cultural icons, from Martin Luther King Jr., John F. Kennedy and Jacqueline Kennedy to regional artist Thomas Hart Benton and TV chef Julia Child, as well as never-before-published portrayals of labor, leisure, love and life across cultures and generations. A biographical afterword chronicles Polumbaum’s compelling personal and professional life, including how being fired from a newswriting job during the McCarthy-era witch hunts led to his career as a freelance photographer.

On Sept. 10, 2016, Judy Polumbaum will be the featured guest on Inside Media at the Newseum. The program, which begins at 2:30 p.m., is free with Newseum admission.

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