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

  • Tony Gleaton, 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, gelatin silver print, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Museum purchase, 1994.11.1, © 1994 Tony Gleaton. Reproduction of this image requires the Artist's permission.

Exhibition Label
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
Title
Familia Del Mar/Family of the Sea (Livingston, Guatemala), from the series "Tengo Casi 500 Años: Africa's Legacy in Central America"
Artist
Date
1988, printed 1994
Location
Not on view
Dimensions
12 x 15 in. (30.5 x 38.1 cm)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Museum purchase

Mediums Description
gelatin silver print
Classifications
Keywords
  • Waterscape – coast
  • Occupation – industry – fishing
  • Architecture – boat – rowboat
  • Landscape – Guatemala – Livingston
  • Figure group – family
  • Object – other – net
Object Number
1994.11.1
Palette
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