Carolyn McKenzie Carter

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Carolyn McKenzie Carter
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DiedApril 21, 2010
Alma materUniversity of Georgia
OccupationAmerican photojournalist

Hallie Carolyn McKenzie Carter (1919 - April 21, 2010) was an American photojournalist who worked for the Atlanta Constitution (now the Atlanta Journal-Constitution) from 1940 until the early 1950s. She was the first woman to serve in this position at the Constitution. [1] She was the first woman to serve in this position at the Constitution. [1]

Raised in Moultrie, Georgia, Carter is a graduate of the Nashville-based Ward-Belmont School and the University of Georgia’s Henry W. Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communications.[1] In 1940, Carter began working for the Atlanta Constitution, a popular newspaper published by famous anti-segregationist, Ralph Mcgill.[1] During her tenure at the paper, Carter covered the mobilization of the Second World War and feminist icons like Rosie the Riveter. A well-known photo taken by Carter depicted a child demonstrating an iron lung at Atlanta’s Grady Hospital, spurring recognition of Georgia’s advances in polio treatment since Franklin D. Roosevelt’s 1920 creation of the Warm Spring Foundation. [1]

Carter met Lieutenant Donnel Earl Carter, cousin of President Jimmy Carter and a journalist for a competing newspaper, while on an assignment in New York. The couple married in 1942. [1]

After marrying, Carolyn began working for the Georgia Department of Commerce (now the Georgia Department of Economic Development), traveling frequently with her husband and doing journalistic work in Macon, New York, and Washington D.C. Carter was an important contributor to the growth of Georgia’s tourism, leading the sector to become the state’s second leading industry. [1]

Following her stint in the state department, Carter became a commercial photographer for the Coca-Cola Company, traveling overseas to document the organization’s international expansion for its employee magazine, The Refresher.[1] In 1982, she and her husband retired to Sea Island. [2]

Carolyn died on April 21, 2010. [1] Beyond her career, she was an avid golfer and enjoyed the Theater and reading. [3]

Prior to her death, husband Don Carter created the University of Georgia Don E. and Carolyn McKenzie Carter Endowment for Journalism to fund the University’s Chair for Excellence in Journalism. [4] In 1986, Carolyn was designated a Master Photographer by the Professional Photographers of America and became the first female “Man of the Year” from the Industrial Photographers of America. [1] Other awards include the Georgia Department of Economic Development’s Carolyn Carter Award, which strives to honor travel photographers who “exhibit a commitment to tourism”, as well as membership in the inaugural class of Grady Fellows at the University of Georgia. [2] Her early and active participation on the Georgia Women of Achievement Board of Trustees was honored on March 9, 2017 with her induction into the Georgia Women of Achievement. [5]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 1.7 1.8 1.9 "Photographer Carolyn McKenzie Carter had her finger on the pulse of a changing Georgia". SaportaReport. 2017-03-06. Retrieved 2023-04-22.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Tagami, Ty. "Trailblazing female photographer dies". The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. ISSN 1539-7459. Retrieved 2023-04-22.
  3. "Women in Photojournalism – A Race Against Time". Retrieved 2023-04-22.
  4. "Carolyn McKenzie Carter Archives". Grady College. Retrieved 2023-04-22.
  5. "Carolyn Carter | Georgia Women of Achievement". georgiawomen. Retrieved 2023-04-22.

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