Aug 9, 2021
Aug 9, 2021

A Young Muslim Woman in Brooklyn

A Young Muslim Woman in Brooklyn

1990

Gelatin silver print

Image: 22.9 x 17.8 cm (9 x 7 in.); Paper: 25.1 x 20.2 cm (9 7/8 x 7 15/16 in.)

Dudley P. Allen Fund 2021.137

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The image, one of the artist’s best known and most often reproduced, is a portrait in which only the sitter’s eyes are visible.

Description

This woman wears a niqab, a veil worn in public by some Muslim women as a sign of religious piety. In his photojournalistic work, Chester Higgins Jr. chose to be an unseen observer. Here, in this more personal image, he enters directly into dialogue with the sitter, who boldly confronts the camera’s gaze.

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Department: 
Photography
Type of artwork: 
Photograph
Credit line: 
Dudley P. Allen Fund

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