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
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.
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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