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Street Champion

1986 Earlie Hudnall, Jr. Born: Hattiesburg, Mississippi 1946 gelatin silver print sheet: 16 x 19 7/8 in. (40.7 x 50.4 cm.) Smithsonian American Art Museum Museum purchase © 1986, Earlie Hudnall, Jr. 1994.23.5 Not currently on view

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Hudnall used juxtaposition and subtle contrast to create meaning in his pictures. In Street Champion a boy brandishing boxing gloves, a girl holding a baseball bat, and their friends mug for the photographer against a backdrop of drying laundry and carpeting. The brick street and crumbling porch supports framed by modern multi-storied buildings signal that they live in an aging residential pocket within an urban environment. But their smiling faces reveal that they are unconcerned about the impact of encroaching development on their carefree lives.

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


Architecture Exterior - detail - porch


Ethnic - African-American

Recreation - sport and play - boxing

photography - photoprint


gelatin silver