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Photograph by:
Platon, British, born 1968  Search this
Subject of:
Forest Steven Whitaker III, American, born 1961  Search this
pigment on paper
H x W: 20 × 24 in. (50.8 × 61 cm)
pigment prints
Place printed:
New York City, New York, United States, North and Central America
2001; printed 2019
A black-and-white photograph of Forest Whitaker, by Platon. Whitaker is depicted seated in a four-legged wooden stool. He is leaning back and towards the left edge of the photograph. His proper right foot is planted next to the front leg of the stool with his leg and knee turned outwards towards the left edge of the photograph. His proper right hand is resting on top of his proper right knee. His proper left leg is stretched out diagonally towards the right edge of the photograph and his proper left hand rests on top of his thigh. The photograph was taken from below with his proper left foot in the foreground. Whitaker has a serious expression on his face, and he is looking downwards towards the viewer. He is wearing a light tone, button-down, collared shirt with medium tone vertical stripes; a light tone, knee length, thin jacket; light tone jeans; black leather gloves; a dark tone knitted cap; and heavily worn, black leather shoes. The background of the photograph is bright white. The photograph has a thick white border. The edition number, [5/12], is printed in the bottom left corner. The photographer’s signature and date, [Platon 19], is handwritten in the bottom right corner. Inside the border, at the bottom center, is the photographer’s embossed mark: [PLATON ? / EDITIONED ? / PRINT ?[encircled between two bands of embossed dots]]. The back of the photograph is plain and white.
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Credit Line:
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, Gift of Platon
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Restrictions & Rights:
© Platon
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