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Just Thinking

1984 Earlie Hudnall, Jr. Born: Hattiesburg, Mississippi 1946 gelatin silver print sheet: 20 x 16 in. (50.8 x 40.6 cm.) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of the artist © 1984, Earlie Hudnall, Jr. 1994.64.1 Not currently on view

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By closely focusing on the face of the woman in Just Thinking Hudnall creates an unequivocal sense that the viewer is intruding on a private moment. According to Hudnall, “The camera really does not matter; it is only a tool. What is important is the ability to transform an instance, a moment, into meaningful, expressive, and profound statements, some of which are personal, some of which have a symbolic and universal meaning.”

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


Ethnic - African-American

Figure group - female and child

State of being - mood - meditation

photography - photoprint


gelatin silver