Clayborne Carson / Clarence B. Jones

Clayborne Carson at Stanford University

I don’t often get to sit through the interviews with the people I photograph, but with these two I did, and I cherished every minute of it. Clayborne Carson (above) is the director of the Martin Luther King, Jr Institute in Stanford where he collects, edits, and publishes the writings and speeches of the civil rights activist. Clarence B. Jones was a good friend of MLK and helped write his speeches. At eighty-seven, he speaks with the endless energy of a young activist. His advice to people is to go out and vote, it’s the most important thing people can do. These were taken for a story by Samiha Shafy, published in Der Spiegel earlier this year.

Clarence B. Jones at his home in Palo Alto, CA