Jack Corn

This collection of 120 digitized photographs was taken by nationally-celebrated photojournalist Jack Corn. These powerful images document the lives of men, women, and children living in the coal mining regions of Appalachia from 1956 to 2003.

John "Jack" F. Corn (January 14, 1929 - Present) of Goodlettsville, Tennessee, is a celebrated photojournalist, educator, author and U.S. Air Force photographer, renowned for his documentation of the lives of men, women, and children living in the coal mining regions of Appalachia. Corn worked for The Tennessean as a staff photographer from 1953 to 1974 and as the Chief Photographer and Picture Editor from 1974 to 1976, and then for The Chicago Tribune as Director of Photography from 1984 to 1991. His photograph "Barefoot girl in door" was selected by Lady Bird Johnson as part of the publicity for President Johnson's War on Poverty. This collection of 120 digitized photographs was taken by Corn of coal mining communities in Tennessee, Kentucky, Virginia and West Virginia from 1956 to 2003. Corn reaches observers by capturing elements familiar to all - children, mothers, schools, etc. - while also stressing the unfamiliar aspects of life in the mines - risk, hard work, and destitution.