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Photograph by:
Jack Thompson, American  Search this
Subject of:
Paul Wall, American, born 1981  Search this
silver and photographic gelatin on photographic paper
H x W (Sheet): 14 × 11 in. (35.6 × 27.9 cm)
H x W (Image): 12 5/8 × 10 9/16 in. (32.1 × 26.8 cm)
gelatin silver prints
Place captured:
Houston, Harris County, Texas, United States, North and Central America
A black and white photographic portrait of the rapper Paul Wall.
The image is a close-up of Wall's face and his proper left hand making a "W" gesture. Wall wears a black t-shirt with the text [SCREWED UP RECORDS & TAPES] and a dark colored baseball cap with a star logo. He is looking directly at the camera, his teeth bared to show off diamond "grillz." He has a diamond stud in his proper left ear; his proper right eye is in shadow from his hat brim. Fliers and posters are visible in the dark background behind him. On the verso, a handwritten inscription by Bill Adler identifies the subject, location, date and photographer.
African American  Search this
Gesture  Search this
Hip-hop (Music)  Search this
Musicians  Search this
Photography  Search this
Rappers (Musicians)  Search this
Credit Line:
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture
Object number:
Restrictions & Rights:
© Jack Thompson
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National Museum of African American History and Culture Collection
Collection title:
Eyejammie Hip-Hop Photography Collection
Media Arts-Photography
Data Source:
National Museum of African American History and Culture