Nov 1, 2021
Nov 1, 2021

Malcolm X stands with Captain Joseph of the Fruit of Islam and Louis X (out of frame), now Louis Farrakhan, in Harlem at the site of his weekly lectures

Malcolm X stands with Captain Joseph of the Fruit of Islam and Louis X (out of frame), now Louis Farrakhan, in Harlem at the site of his weekly lectures

1963

Robert L. Haggins

(American, 1922–2006)

Gelatin silver print, resin coated

Image: 19.1 x 24.1 cm (7 1/2 x 9 1/2 in.)

James Parmelee Fund 2021.176

Location

Did you know?

Robert L. Haggins was Malcolm X’s personal photographer from 1959 to 1965.

Description

Muslim minister and civil rights activist Malcolm X (1925–1965) is seen here at a time of growing disillusionment with the Nation of Islam, which he left the following year. Haggins made Malcolm X stand out from Nation of Islam followers through depth of field and focus. The somewhat low viewing angle, contrast in scale with the crowd, and sunlight on Malcolm X’s face call him out as a singular and heroic figure.

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Department: 
Photography
Type of artwork: 
Photograph
Credit line: 
James Parmelee Fund

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