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Photograph by:
John H. White, American, born 1945  Search this
Subject of:
Unidentified Woman or Women  Search this
Unidentified Man or Men  Search this
silver and photographic gelatin on photographic paper
H x W (Image): 16 × 10 1/2 in. (40.6 × 26.7 cm)
H x W (Sheet): 17 × 11 in. (43.2 × 27.9 cm)
H x W (Mount): 20 × 16 in. (50.8 × 40.6 cm)
gelatin silver prints
Place collected:
Chicago, Cook County, Illinois, United States, North and Central America
July 1994
A black and white photographic print of an adult's hand resting on a childs chest before prayer. The child is wearing a head scarf, dark-colored robe and collared shirt and is looking away from the camera. A man's hand is on the child's chest just below the chin. A child in the background is making eye contact with the camera. On the back of the photograph, the lower right corner reads [BEFORE THE BLESSING/ John H. White / July 1994]. The bottom left corner reads [PHOTOGRAPH BY / JOHN H. WHITE / COPYRIGHTED].
African American  Search this
Christianity  Search this
Photography  Search this
Prayer  Search this
Religion  Search this
Credit Line:
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, Gift of John H. White/Pulitzer Prize-Winning Photojournalist
Object number:
Restrictions & Rights:
© John H. White
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National Museum of African American History and Culture