Portraits of a City

The Scurlock Photographic Studio’s Legacy to Washington, D.C.

This website, retired in 2024 due to incompatibility with current web standards, showcased the Scurlock Photographic Studio collection held in the museum's Archives Center. For most of the twentieth century, two generations of Scurlocks documented Washington, D.C.'s African American community and city life. The thousands of images in the Scurlock archives are an invaluable resource for understanding the history of Washington and of the nation.


Screenshot of Scurlock website home page
This screenshot captures the home page of the former Portraits of a City website. View an archived site snapshot.