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Photograph by:
Bruce Davidson, American, born 1933  Search this
Subject of:
Unidentified Child or Children  Search this
silver and photographic gelatin on photographic paper
H x W (image): 8 11/16 × 13 in. (22 × 33 cm)
H x W (sheet): 10 7/8 × 13 15/16 in. (27.7 × 35.4 cm)
gelatin silver prints
Place captured:
Selma, Dallas County, Alabama, United States, North and Central America
1965; printed ca. 2010
A black and white photograph of a boy writing on a blackboard in a school classroom. The blackboard is on the wall on the left side of the image and the boy writes on bottom of the board with white chalk held high with his right hand. His left arm is bent and held to his side. He wears a light colored shirt and dark colored pants. The classroom is constructed of wooden planks and in the center of the image, a door is set crooked into the wall and labeled with a sign that reads [DOOR]. To the left of the door is a white rectangular board reading [BULLETIN] and a round clock without hands. A large desk sits in the middle of the floor with a ladder back chair set apart from it. A border depicting the letters of the alphabet, both upper case and lower case, wraps around the top of the walls, from above the blackboard on the left to the door at center. Just to the right of the door, another blackboard is partially visible, with [Alice] written at the top. On the back is an inscription with the photographer's name and several numerical notations.
African American  Search this
American South  Search this
Children  Search this
Education  Search this
Photography  Search this
Credit Line:
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture
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Restrictions & Rights:
© Bruce Davidson/ Magnum Photos. Permission required for use.
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Time of Change
Media Arts-Photography
Data Source:
National Museum of African American History and Culture