Aug 9, 2021
Aug 9, 2021

Early Morning Coffee, Harlem

Early Morning Coffee, Harlem

1974, printed c. 1992–93

Gelatin silver print

Image: 38.9 x 57.9 cm (15 5/16 x 22 13/16 in.); Paper: 50.3 x 60.7 cm (19 13/16 x 23 7/8 in.)

Dudley P. Allen Fund 2021.136


Did you know?

Chester Higgins Jr., who was raised in Alabama, moved to New York City in 1970 after college.


Early morning coffee, Harlem, which shows a man sitting in a neighborhood diner, is a study in light and dark; a portrait; and a photographic, daylight response to Edward Hopper’s 1942 Night Hawks. Higgins explained his process by saying that “light, perspective, and points in time are the pivotal elements I use to reveal an interior presence within my subjects as I search for what I identify as the Signature of the Spirit.”

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