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Photograph by:
Diaz & Rogers, American  Search this
Subject of:
Unidentified Man or Men  Search this
silver and photographic gelatin on photographic paper
H x W (Image): 7 3/8 × 9 5/16 in. (18.8 × 23.6 cm)
H x W (Sheet): 8 1/8 × 10 in. (20.6 × 25.4 cm)
gelatin silver prints
Place made:
New York City, New York, United States, North and Central America
early 20th-mid 20th century
A silver gelatin print depicting a black-and-white image of a group of five (5) male performers. The men are posed around a large drum, placed in the lower right quadrant of the image. All of the performers are depicted shirtless. One (1) man is seated cross-legged with a drum held between his knees to the left of the drum. His proper right hand is poised above the drum head and his proper left is resting on the drum. He is wearing a metallic costume that leaves his legs bare. Behind the seated man are two (2) performers. The man on the left has his arms extended above his head, bent at the elbows. The man on the right, kneels in front of a drum with his proper left side facing the viewer. His proper left hand holds the drum and the proper right arm is extended above his head. Behind the large drum, on the right side of the image, is a man kneeling with his proper right hand poised above the drumhead. His proper left hand is extended above his head, bent at the elbow. His hand is held below another performer's hand. That performer is standing behind the large drum. He is depicted wearing white pants with metallic detailing on the proper left side of the front of his pants. His proper left arm is raised to shoulder level and bent at the elbow so his proper left hand is held above a performer's hand. His proper right arm is extended above this head. The background is white wall with large shadows of the performers playing on the wall. In the lower right corner, printed in the negative, is the photographer's mark, [Diaz & / Rogers /N.Y.]. There are no inscriptions on the back of the photograph.
Objects depicting racist and/or stereotypical imagery or language may be offensive and disturbing, but the NMAAHC aims to include them in the Collection to present and preserve the historical context in which they were created and used. Objects of this type provide an important historical record from which to study and evaluate racism.
African American  Search this
Dance  Search this
Music  Search this
Photography  Search this
Stereotypes  Search this
Theatre  Search this
Credit Line:
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture
Object number:
Restrictions & Rights:
Unknown - Restrictions Possible
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National Museum of African American History and Culture Collection
Collection title:
The Laura Cathrell Show-Down Magazine Collection
Media Arts-Photography
Racist and Stereotypical Objects
Data Source:
National Museum of African American History and Culture