Don Hogan Charles was an American photographer. He was the first Black staff photographer hired by The New York Times.
Among the iconic photos taken by Charles was one of human rights activist Malcolm X holding a carbine while peering out a window. The photo, which Charles took for Ebony, became emblematic of the determination of Malcolm X to protect his family "by any means necessary".
Charles was employed by The New York Times in 1964 until he retired in 2007. His freelance work also appeared in major international publications such as Der Spiegel and Paris Match, his commercial clients included Bill Blass, Oscar de la Renta and Pan American World Airways.
Charles' work is in the collections of MOMA and the National Museum of African American History and Culture.#blackstorian