Charles Blackwell

Boy looking at a dead end, USA
WHO/Charles Blackwell

Charles Blackwell was an American photographer who was active in the 1960s and 1970s. In 1970, Mr Blackwell was awarded a Creative Artists Public Service programme fellowship by the New York State Council on the Arts. That same year he produced a series of photographs on illegal drug use in the United States for WHO. In 1971, his work appeared in an exhibition at the Addison Gallery of American Art in Massachusetts entitled The Black Photographer (1908-1970): A Survey.

While very little information is available regarding his life and career, Mr Blackwell's photographs are conserved at the Metropolitan Museum in New York, the George Eastman House, and the Library of Congress.

Drug abuse: USA, 1970
Around 1970, Charles Blackwell produced a series of photographs relating to drug abuse, enforcement and rehabilitation programmes in New York City. Mr Blackwell's images, which appeared in several different issues of the World Health magazine, focused on the impact of drugs on minority communities.