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Bryant McMurray [2], 2016 December 14

Identifier: OH-MC0593

Scope and Contents

In this second part of a series of interviews, Bryant McMurray discusses the photographic equipment, camera models, and film types he employed throughout his career as a successful sports photojournalist as well as the techniques he used to capture both portrait and action shots. He describes the mental acuity and discipline needed to operate as a photographer in situations of considerable risk, the methods he used to establish rapport with photographic subjects, and the heightened state of awareness and focus—“the zone”—that professional photographers strive to achieve when on assignment. He also expands on the entrepreneurial methods he has developed to market and sell his work and describes the strategies he has used to organize his large photographic archive.


  • Creation: 2016 December 14

Conditions Governing Access

30 of 31 oral history interviews are in the digital repository. Original audiovisual materials closed to patron use.

Biographical Note

Bryant McMurray was a 69-year-old man at the time of the interview, which took place in his office in Fretwell Hall on the campus of the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. He was born in Rock Hill, South Carolina, in 1947. He was educated at the University of South Carolina and Appalachian State University, and was employed as a photojournalist, sports photographer, entrepreneur, and college teacher.


58 Minutes

Language of Materials


Repository Details

Part of the Oral Histories, J. Murrey Atkins Library Special Collections and University Archives, UNC Charlotte Repository

Atkins Library, UNC Charlotte
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Charlotte NC 28223 United States

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