silver and photographic gelatin on photographic paper
H x W (Image): 9 15/16 × 8 in. (25.2 × 20.3 cm)
H x W (Paper Frame Closed): 17 × 14 1/16 in. (43.2 × 35.7 cm)
H x W (Paper Frame Open): 17 × 28 1/16 in. (43.2 × 71.3 cm)
gelatin silver prints
Columbia, Marion County, Mississippi, United States, North and Central America
Martha Olson graduated from Northwestern University with her B.A. in Art in 1969, and within a year, she was working more than 800 miles away as the girls’ physical education teacher at Marion High School in Columbia, Mississippi. It was the first year of integration in Mississippi public schools. During that time, Olson photographed local students, their relatives, and other residents of Marion County, which she later compiled into a series entitled, "Marion County Mississippi: 1970-1971."
A black and white photograph of an unidentified girl at Marion High School, possibly Mary Gola. She is featured from the chest up and is seated in a metal folding chair, looking off into the distance. She is wearing a checkered dress with a long ribbon that is tied at the collar. The photograph is mounted to a paper frame. On the back of the photograph are handwritten inscriptions identifying the subject, date, and photographer.