P.H. Polk (1898-1984) was an American photographer who dedicated his life to creating lasting images of African Americans, both the decorated and the unknown. Prentice Herman Polk was the first student to enroll in the photography division at Tuskegee in 1917, and was later head of the department from 1933-1938. He was named official photographer for the Institute where he remained until his death. Polk was best known for his portraits produced after his return to Tuskegee and the archive of raw images that provided an insider's perspective of life at Tuskegee. His work was exhibited in the Museum of Natural History in New York City, Studio Museum of Harlem, and the Washington Gallery of Photography. In 1981 Polk received the National Endowment of the Arts Fellowship and a major exhibition at the Corcoran Museum of Art.
A portfolio of eleven original photographs (1932-1946) in a signed & numbered limited edition of sixty copies and fifteen artists proofs 25/60.
P.H. Polk Portfolio, Anacostia Community Museum Archives, Smithsonian Institution