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Photograph by:
Kwame Brathwaite, American, 1938 - 2023  Search this
Subject of:
Unidentified Woman or Women  Search this
African Jazz-Arts Society and Studios, American, founded 1956  Search this
Patrice Émery Lumumba, Congolese, 1925 - 1961  Search this
Marcus Garvey, Jamaican, 1887 - 1940  Search this
Carlos Cooks, Dominican American, 1913 - 1966  Search this
pigment on paper (fiber product)
H x W: 20 × 30 in. (50.8 × 76.2 cm)
inkjet prints
Place captured:
Harlem, New York City, New York, United States, North and Central America
ca. 1967; printed 2019
A black-and-white photograph, Untitled (Earrings display at African Market, Harlem), by Kwame Brathwaite. The photograph depicts a woman reaching for a pair of earrings hanging from a line strung across a market booth. The woman, depicted from the waist up, is standing with her back to the viewer towards the back of the booth. She is reaching with her proper left hand for a pair of metal earrings hanging from the line closest to her. She is wearing a medium toned coat with a woolen texture and has a large bracelet with circular cutouts on her proper left wrist. Each of the four hanging lines in front of the woman is filled with rows of drop earring of different shapes, sizes, and materials, as well one beaded necklace on the far left. In the foreground of the image, is a fifth line of earrings strung across the booth, toward the front. On the left side of the booth is a set of shelving with a calendar clipped to one of the shelves. On the right side of the booth is a plain wall with a rough oblong piece cut out of it. The back of the booth features a plain wall that has various event flyers, posters, maps, and photographs taped to it. Some of the events include: [NATURALLY ’66], [NATURALLY ’67], [GARVEY DAY / CELEBRATION], [a portrait of / PATRICE / LUMUMBA], [BUY BLACK], [SHEIK’S DANCE], and others. There are also photographs of Marcus Garvey, Carlos Cooks, and Patrice Lumumba and a magazine cover titled [EXTRA] with the byline [CARLOS COOKS[sic] DEATH] taped to the booth wall. There is a low shelf lining the back wall of the booth. Two paint cans, small earring display, a radio, a roll of paper towels, and small piles of paper sit on top of the shelf. The landscape oriented image has a thick white border. The back of the photograph is plain and white.
African American  Search this
African diaspora  Search this
Associations and institutions  Search this
Black power  Search this
Fashion  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:
Courtesy of the Kwame Brathwaite Archive & Philip Martin Gallery, © Kwame Brathwaite
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National Museum of African American History and Culture Collection
Media Arts-Photography
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BAM (Black Arts Movement 1965-1976)
Data Source:
National Museum of African American History and Culture