Archives Photograph Collection

Will Counts

Will Counts was a photographer nearly his entire life, and for 32 years served as a Professor of Journalism at Indiana University. He worked for the Arkansas-Democrat in Little Rock, Arkansas, and The Associated Press in Chicago, but is well known for the photographs he shot of desegregation at Little Rock's Central High School in 1957. His book, A Life is More Than A Moment, documents the event through his images and text.

Will Counts also authored several other books including The Magnificent 92 Indiana Courthouses, A Photographic Legacy, and Bloomington Past & Present.

By way of a gift from his wife, Vivian, his entire portfolio of negatives, prints, and slides is now housed here at the Indiana University Archives.

Hazel Bryan taunting Elizabeth Eckford
Hazel Bryan taunting Elizabeth Eckford. This image has come to be known as "The Scream Image". Little Rock, Arkansas. 1957. Alex Wilson being kicked. Wilson was a reporter from the Memphis Tri-State Defender. Little Rock, Arkansas. 1957.
Drag Race Front Porch
Drag Race. Carlisle, Arkansas. April 8, 1956. Front Porch. Probably near Blanchard Springs, Arkansas. July 10, 1959.