John Gerald Zimmerman was a talented American photographer. He was interested in photography from an early age. In junior high, he joined a photography club and spent the afternoons developing films with friends in their mothers’ kitchens. Zimmerman took a three-year photography course at John C. Fremont High School in Los Angeles.
In 1952, Zimmerman moved to Atlanta. While in Atlanta, he shot a series of notable assignments for Ebony depicting African American lives in the Midwest and the Jim Crow south. He then spent several years working as a freelance photographer for Life and Ebony magazines, capturing the lives of African Americans in the Midwest and the deeply segregated south before the Civil Rights movement. During the 1970s, Zimmerman began working in the more lucrative print advertising field, photographing campaigns for large corporations such as Ford, Chrysler, AT&T, Exxon, G.E., Pepsi and Coca-Cola.
Here are some fabulous photographs of sports, life, and various other events captured by John G. Zimmerman.