Marion S. Trikosko was an American photojournalist active during the Vietnam War, Civil Rights Movement, and throughout the 1970s. Trikosko shot for The New York Times and U.S. News & World Report, working there for twenty-eight years. He was famous for his aerial views of the 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom and his photographs of civil rights leaders Martin Luther King, Jr., Malcolm X, and A. Phillip Randolph; one iconic image featured Martin Luther King and Malcolm X waiting for a press conference in March 1964. She also snapped pictures of political figureheads such as former Alabama governor George C. Wallace, politician Bob Dole, Presidents Gerald Ford and Jimmy Carter, and British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher. Prior to his employment with U.S. News & World Report, Trikosko worked two seasons as a stage assistant to Danish magician Harry August Jansen and photographed his magic show while serving in the United States military in the Philippines during World War II. It was there he learned how to operate a speed graphic camera. He would later write a book detailing his adventures titled Trouping with Dante: Travels with Dante’s Sim Sala Bim in the Golden Age of Big Illusion Shows (Aladdin Books, 2006).
Marion S. Trikosko, Voting in Cardozo High School, Washington, D.C., Digital print of black and white photograph, Overall: 12 1/2 x 15 x 1 1/4 in. (31.8 x 38.1 x 3.2 cm), Collection of Art in Embassies, Washington, D.C.; Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division: U.S. News & World Report Magazine Photograph Collection, LC-DIG-ppmsca-04300