FAMILY OF NEGRO SHARECROPPER, LITTLE ROCK, ARKANSAS
annotated '6019M4' in pencil on the reverse, 1935
6¼ by 9½ in. (15.9 by 24.1 cm.)
This photograph, trimmed to the image and on semi-matte surface paper, is in generally excellent condition. When examined extremely closely in high raking light, the following are visible: a 1/2 inch crease which does not appear to break the emulsion in the upper right quadrant, and a few small hairline scratches overall. There is minor wear to the edges of the print. The paper is very faintly rippled at the upper and lower edges.
There are some minor abrasions on the reverse. The photograph is hinged to a support along the upper edge on the reverse.
When examined under ultraviolet light, this print does not appear to fluoresce.
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The photographer to John Cunningham, 1936
Acquired from the above by the present owner
Ben Shahn, Photographer: An Album from the Thirties (New York, 1973), pl. 80
This photograph comes originally from the collection of John Cunningham, who, in addition to his job as a manufacturer of store mannequins, was employed in 1936 by the Resettlement Administration (RA) as Chief Designer of the Department of Exhibitions. In this position, Cunningham planned traveling exhibitions featuring RA photographers such as Shahn, Walker Evans (Lots 143, 149, 150, and 152), and Dorothea Lange (Lots 144, 148, 154, and 159). Unlike Shahn's glossy prints made for reproduction, the photograph offered here is on the lush matte-surface, double-weight paper that the artist favored for exhibition.
Another print of Family of Negro Sharecropper is in the Ben Shahn Archive at the Harvard Art Museums/Fogg Museum, Cambridge, M. A.