Michael S. Durham worked as a reporter, correspondent, and editor at LIFE magazine. After two years in the U.S. Army took job as reporter for Gloucester (Massachusetts) Daily Times and then joined the staff of LIFE in 1961.
In April 1963 was arrested and jailed with photographer Charles Moore while covering demonstrations in Birmingham. Also reported on murder of civil rights workers in Philadelphia, Mississippi, and Mississippi voter registration campaigns. Was correspondent in Life’s Paris bureau (1965-69) and a Life editor, based in New York City; later edited Americana magazine (1973-87) and worked as freelance writer. His books include Powerful Days: The Civil Rights Photographs of Charles Moore (1991); two volumes in the Smithsonian Guide to Historic America series; The Miracles of Mary (1995) and Desert Between the Mountains (1997).
American documentary photographer John Dominis, who recently passed away, is perhaps best known for his work with LIFE magazine. In his 1964 work titled “The Valley of Poverty”, Dominis brings attention to the fact that in the 1960s – a time when most of America had long recovered from the Great Depression of the 1920s, the people of the Appalachian region were still living through a great deal of poverty. The photo series, mostly in black and white, truly captures the dire conditions of 1960s Appalachia – may it be through the harrowing expression on the subjects’ faces or through the rural expanses of snowy countryside. Select pictures from the series can be found on LIFE.com.