Paul "Hots" Watkins, Stable Manager for Many Years of Diteman's Stable, 1612 Aliceanna Street, East Baltimore, Maryland, December 1979, from the series Southern Roads/City Pavements

  • Roland L. Freeman, Paul "Hots" Watkins, Stable Manager for Many Years of Diteman's Stable, 1612 Aliceanna Street, East Baltimore, Maryland, December 1979, from the series Southern Roads/City Pavements, 1979, printed 1982, gelatin silver print, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of George H. Dalsheimer, 1991.80.2, © 1979, Roland L. Freeman

Exhibition Label
The Baltimore horse-cart vendors known as “arabbers” hold a special place in Freeman’s early development – so much that he dedicated an entire project to an exploration of their lives. Paul “Hots” Watkins is an intimate photographic portrayal of one member of this hard-working and now virtually extinct group in Baltimore. A descendent of arabbers himself, Freeman’s closeness to the subject was both difficult and rewarding – he wanted his documentation to reveal the arabbers’ rich social history as well as their importance in the African American story.


African American Art: Harlem Renaissance, Civil Rights Era, and Beyond, 2012
Title
Paul "Hots" Watkins, Stable Manager for Many Years of Diteman's Stable, 1612 Aliceanna Street, East Baltimore, Maryland, December 1979, from the series Southern Roads/City Pavements
Artist
Date
1979, printed 1982
Location
Not on view
Dimensions
sheet: 14 x 11 in. (35.4 x 28.0 cm.)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Gift of George H. Dalsheimer

Mediums Description
gelatin silver print
Classifications
Keywords
  • Recreation – leisure – smoking
  • Portrait male – Watkins, Paul "Hots"
  • Cityscape – street – Aliceanna Street
  • Ethnic – African-American
  • Occupation – farm – groom
Object Number
1991.80.2
Palette
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