Aug 9, 2021
Aug 9, 2021


Invisible Man



Shawn Walker

(American, b. 1940)

Gelatin silver print

Image: 40.8 x 31 cm (16 1/16 x 12 3/16 in.); Paper: 50.3 x 40.3 cm (19 13/16 x 15 7/8 in.)

Norman O. Stone and Ella A. Stone Memorial Fund 2021.138


Did you know?

In addition to being the title of Shawn Walker’s series of photographs, Invisible Man is the title of an award-winning 1952 novel by African American author Ralph Ellison.


This self-portrait gives us little idea of the photographer’s features other than his braids since we see only Walker’s silhouette reflected in a streaky window. The photographer looks at his own reflection and, simultaneously, directly at us. Walker has said, “I look into the intersections of dark and light, into the shadows that grow the seeds of existence.”

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