James E. Hinton: 69, Chronicler in Pictures of 1960's Turbulence, Dies

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James E. Hinton Jr., a documentary photographer who chronicled the racial and social upheavals of the 1960's, died on Sunday at a hospital in the Bronx. He was 69 and lived in Dobbs Ferry, N.Y.

The cause was metastasized prostate cancer, his family said.

Mr. Hinton's pictures captured nameless actors in historical events and also those who made them happen.

He was a producer, director or cameraman — and sometimes narrator — for about 70 documentaries, with a wide array of topics, made for television, various organizations and corporate clients from the 1960's into the late 1990's. They ranged from interviews to public events to rap videos and public information videos.

He also had many photo exhibitions, most recently "Singular Voices/Voices of Many: Photographs From the Sixties by James Hinton," first mounted in early 2000 by the Hudson River Museum in Yonkers; Mr. Hinton became a board member of the museum in 2000. That show of 45 black-and-white prints, along with some mural-size images, covered the cultural and political life of African-Americans, including marches for and against the Vietnam War, demonstrations in Alabama, Mississippi and California, and the ascent of the Black Panthers and the Student Nonviolent Coordination Committee.

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