Laborer (Stevedore Longshoreman, Norfolk, Virginia), from the project The Negro in Virginia

  • Robert McNeill, Laborer (Stevedore Longshoreman, Norfolk, Virginia), from the project The Negro in Virginia, 1938, Smithsonian American Art Museum, © 1938, Robert McNeill, Museum purchase, 1993.72.10

Exhibition Label
Cropped to focus on a single dockworker, Laborer (Stevedore Longshoreman, Norfolk, Virginia) shows not the labor but the waiting, which sometimes lasted for days because the men were not permitted on the pier until called to work. It is an image of both dignity and resignation. “The look says, ‘what the hell are you doing photographing me,’” remarked McNeill, “and I think it says a lot more.”


African American Art: Harlem Renaissance, Civil Rights Era, and Beyond, 2012
Title
Laborer (Stevedore Longshoreman, Norfolk, Virginia), from the project The Negro in Virginia
Artists
Date
1938
On View
Not on view.
Dimensions
sheet: 10 x 8 1/8 in. (25.4 x 20.6 cm.)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Museum purchase

Classifications
Keywords
  • Ethnic – African-American
  • Figure male – elderly
  • Occupation – industry – shipping
  • Landscape – Virginia – Norfolk
Object Number
1993.72.10
Palette
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