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. Over a career of more than fifty 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.