Author Alex Haley … From the Archives

By the time I visited “Roots” author Alex Haley at his home north of Knoxville, Tennessee in May 1988, the Atlanta Journal & Constitution was still shooting black and white film, but also color transparencies.   The color here is Fujichrome, a much better film, in my humble opinion, than Kodak’s Ektachrome.   Soon after, to consolidate matters, we, along with many other newspapers, began shooting everything on color negative film.   The results when a color negative was printed on b/w paper were awful, but it was what it was.   As we wandered around his farm, Mr. Haley, who died in February 1992, was most gracious.   I do like the monotone images of him much better, but can’t recall what we used in the paper.

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