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Familia Del Mar/Family of the Sea (Livingston, Guatemala), from the series "Tengo Casi 500 Años: Africa's Legacy in Central America"

1988, printed 1994 Tony Gleaton Born: Detroit, Michigan 1948 Died: Palo Alto, California 2015 gelatin silver print 12 x 15 in. (30.5 x 38.1 cm) Smithsonian American Art Museum Museum purchase © 1994 Tony Gleaton. Reproduction of this image requires the Artist's permission. 1994.11.1 Not currently on view


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In Familia del Mar, the gazes – of the father concentrating on straightening his nets, the mother who watches him work, and the baby facing the photographer – illuminate emotional relationships within the life of the family. Rather than passively recording interactions he happens to encounter, Gleaton positions his subjects and structures his images to reveal psychological connections, and he adjusts the tonalities of pictures shot in natural light when he prints them in the darkroom. “What you see in a photograph,” he says, “is rarely what really is. We give it meaning.”


African American Art: Harlem Renaissance, Civil Rights Era, and Beyond, 2012

Keywords

Architecture - boat - rowboat

Figure group - family

Landscape - Guatemala - Livingston

Object - other - net

Occupation - industry - fishing

Waterscape - coast

Waterscape - sea

photography - photoprint

gelatin silver

About Tony Gleaton

Born: Detroit, Michigan 1948 Died: Palo Alto, California 2015

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