On this day in Alabama history: Photographer Erik Overbey was born

On this day in Alabama history: Photographer Erik Overbey was born
Erik Overbey (1882-1977) was a Norwegian immigrant who settled in Mobile and contributed a lasting record of the city's heritage through his photography. He ran a photography studio in Mobile for about 50 years and is one of the city's best-known photographers. (From Encyclopedia of Alabama, courtesy of University of South Alabama Archives)

February 12, 1882

Mobile photographer Erik Overbey was born in Norway. Overbey opened his own studio on Dauphin Street in 1907 with almost no training and, by World War I, became the city’s premier photographer. Throughout a career of over 50 years, he captured everyday life in Mobile through images of ships and sailors, machines and industry, Mardi Gras and other festivities, church activities, weddings, natural and human-made disasters, and more. The collection, now publicly held at the University of South Alabama, provides an invaluable contribution to the city’s historic record and preservation, and Overbey remains the city’s best-known photographer to this day.

Read more at Encyclopedia of Alabama.

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