Before they died I was lucky to photograph these two southern icons: one who paid homage to the heart of white southern  provincialism, the other to civil rights when doing so meant putting your life on the line.

They were an unlikely pair and had never met before I brought them together but they instantly recognized a soul mate  when they saw one and bonded immediately.

Lewis Grizzard showed up first and was ready to leave when Hosea Williams finally pulled up in his Cadillac, arriving late  and coming from the wrong direction. I rented an old truck as a prop and they filled the back, although Hosea got the  biggest share.

Perfectly dressed for their parts: Lewis sans socks and Hosea in bib overalls, they dropped their swagger for a snapshot  and it was over, both going their separate ways to spout their wisdom in opposite directions.


Billy Howard

Billy Howard

Billy Howard is a commercial and documentary photographer with an emphasis on education and global health.