Nov 23, 2016
Nov 23, 2016

Shirtless Boy, New York

Shirtless Boy, New York

c. 1965

Louis H. Draper

(American, 1935–2002)

Gelatin silver print

Image: 29.4 x 21.4 cm (11 9/16 x 8 7/16 in.); Paper: 35.2 x 28 cm (13 7/8 x 11 in.)

Mr. and Mrs. Richard W. Whitehill Art Purchase Endowment Fund 2016.273


Did you know?

A goal for Louis Draper was to show blacks participating in universal human experience.


Raised in segregated Richmond, Virginia, Louis Draper moved to New York City to study photography in 1957. Shooting mostly in Harlem and around New York, he created reflective and penetrating portraits, compelling street photography, and, later in life, abstractions. Depicting black skin was difficult because all film was balanced for white complexions. Draper often used reflective highlights to give the black face and body dimensionality and texture.

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