Gelatin silver print, wirephoto
Image: 16.7 x 22.4 cm (6 9/16 x 8 13/16 in.); Paper: 20.4 x 25.3 cm (8 1/16 x 9 15/16 in.)
Gift of Michael Mattis and Judith Hochberg 2021.26
Alabama became the focal point of struggles against the suppression of Black voters in 1965.
Voting rights protests in Alabama were met with resistance, arrest, and sometimes violence. The dynamism and subtle asymmetry of this unidentified photographer’s composition recall the curving placement of figures in Baroque paintings of battles and abductions. Here, though, the artist had to choose just the right moment in a real-life drama rather than having the luxury of posing models.
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