Mississippi Freedom Marcher, Washington, DC

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Copied Roy DeCarava, Mississippi Freedom Marcher, Washington, DC, 1963, printed 1982, gelatin silver print, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Museum purchase made possible by Henry L. Milmore, 1992.15.1, © 1982, Roy DeCarava

Artwork Details

Title
Mississippi Freedom Marcher, Washington, DC
Artist
Date
1963, printed 1982
Location
Not on view
Dimensions
sheet: 10 7813 78 in. (27.635.2 cm.)
Copyright
© 1982, Roy DeCarava
Credit Line
Museum purchase made possible by Henry L. Milmore
Mediums Description
gelatin silver print
Classifications
Keywords
  • Figure female
  • History — United States — Mississippi
  • History — United States — Black History
  • Cityscape — District of Columbia — Washington
  • History — United States — Civil Rights Movement
  • African American
Object Number
1992.15.1

Artwork Description

In the 1950s and 1960s, DeCarava traveled throughout the northeast and the south working as a freelance photographer, an experience that gave him the opportunity to observe the civil rights movement firsthand. DeCarava’s skill with portraiture is notable in Mississippi Freedom Marcher. The subtle gray tonality and close focus establish a sense of emotional intimacy between viewer and subject.


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