Untitled (Three boys, Sheldon Cafe, Hartford, Connecticut)

  • Frank Espada, Untitled (Three boys, Sheldon Cafe, Hartford, Connecticut), 1981, gelatin silver print, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Museum purchase through the Smithsonian Latino Initiatives Pool, administered by the Smithsonian Latino Center, 2015.22.15, © 1981, Frank Espada Photography

Exhibition Label
In the 1970s, Frank Espada began The Puerto Rican Diaspora, an ambitious exhibition and book project that documented Puerto Rican communities across the United States. Espada followed the trail of migrants who had settled in cities from the Mid-West and East Coast to Hawaii. This picture was taken in Hartford, Connecticut, where many migrants arrived in the 1950s and 1960s to work for the tobacco industry. Despite their depressed surroundings, the three boys depicted here display energy and life. Espada's photographs function both as loving portraits and strident critiques of the social conditions in which Puerto Ricans lived.

Down These Mean Streets: Community and Place in Urban Photography, 2017
Title
Untitled (Three boys, Sheldon Cafe, Hartford, Connecticut)
Artist
Date
1981
Location
Not on view
Dimensions
image: 9 × 13 1/2 in. (22.9 × 34.3 cm)
sheet: 11 × 14 in. (27.9 × 35.6 cm)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Museum purchase through the Smithsonian Latino Initiatives Pool, administered by the Smithsonian Latino Center

Mediums Description
gelatin silver print
Classifications
Keywords
  • Cityscape – street
  • Figure male – child – full length
  • Architecture Exterior – commercial – restaurant
  • Children
  • Cityscape – Connecticut – Hartford
Object Number
2015.22.15
Palette
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