Aug 26, 2021
Aug 26, 2021

Flag Day, Harlem

Flag Day, Harlem


Beuford Smith

(American, b. 1941)

Gelatin silver print

Image: 20.1 x 18.7 cm (7 15/16 x 7 3/8 in.); Paper: 20.1 x 18.7 cm (7 15/16 x 7 3/8 in.)

Jo Hershey Selden Fund 2021.145


Did you know?

Images of Black people with American flags were taken by many mid-twentieth-century Black photographers


Often, as in Beuford Smith’s Flag Day, the person is distanced from the flag, which represents a country that does not offer them protection equal to that of its other citizens. We do not know the source of the grimace on the woman’s face, but in the context of this composition, it suggests her disillusionment with the American dream.

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