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Photograph by:
Platon, British, born 1968  Search this
Subject of:
Samuel L. Jackson, American, born 1948  Search this
pigment on paper
H x W (image): 18 7/8 × 15 7/8 in. (48 × 40.4 cm)
H x W (sheet): 24 × 20 in. (61 × 50.8 cm)
pigment prints
Place printed:
New York City, New York, United States, North and Central America
2002; printed 2019
A black-and-white photograph of Samuel L. Jackson, by Platon. Jackson is depicted from the chest up, standing in profile, with his body facing the right edge of the photograph. His head turned and he is looking over his proper right shoulder towards the viewer. He is wearing a black coat. The collar is turned up and he is holding up the collar point with his proper left index finger. The raised collar covers the bottom half of his face. There is a single large button visible on the shoulder of his coat, under his collar. He is also wearing a black, ribbed, knit cap. The background of the photograph is a white halo effect around Jackson with a gray to black gradient around the edges. 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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National Museum of African American History and Culture