Roberta Flack, singer, for Essence Magazine

1970s
(American, b. 1944)
Image: 34.9 x 27.2 cm (13 3/4 x 10 11/16 in.); Paper: 35.4 x 27.7 cm (13 15/16 x 10 7/8 in.)
Location: not on view
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Roberta Flack was awarded a full scholarship to Howard University on the basis of her talent as a classical pianist.

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Anthony Barboza’s portrayal of the singer is a radical departure from commercial portrait norms of the 1970s, exploiting an extreme close-up and bright highlights that sculpt the artist’s face out of deep shadows. Flack appears in the throes of singing, eyes closed but lips open and outlined with a thin line of light. The image is a study in blackness, exploring Black skin and the extreme ranges of black and white photography.
Roberta Flack, singer, for Essence Magazine

Roberta Flack, singer, for Essence Magazine

1970s

Anthony Barboza

(American, b. 1944)
America

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