1974, printed c. 1992–93
Gelatin silver print
Image: 38.9 x 57.9 cm (15 5/16 x 22 13/16 in.); Paper: 50.3 x 60.7 cm (19 13/16 x 23 7/8 in.)
Dudley P. Allen Fund 2021.136
Chester Higgins Jr., who was raised in Alabama, moved to New York City in 1970 after college.
Early morning coffee, Harlem, which shows a man sitting in a neighborhood diner, is a study in light and dark; a portrait; and a photographic, daylight response to Edward Hopper’s 1942 Night Hawks. Higgins explained his process by saying that “light, perspective, and points in time are the pivotal elements I use to reveal an interior presence within my subjects as I search for what I identify as the Signature of the Spirit.”
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