Gelatin silver print, wirephoto
Image: 20.6 x 25.3 cm (8 1/8 x 9 15/16 in.); Paper: 20.6 x 25.3 cm (8 1/8 x 9 15/16 in.)
The Jane B. Tripp Charitable Lead Annuity Trust 2021.19
Federal troops and the state’s National Guard units were called out by President Lyndon Baines Johnson to protect voting rights protesters marching from Selma to Montgomery March 21–25, 1965.
Distance and separation are the themes of this image. We see the line of marchers from afar, funneled through the windscreen of the military vehicle. The marchers appear quite small in contrast with the soldier standing beside it. It is not clear if this is a state or federal trooper. State troopers had violently attacked an earlier attempt to make the march.
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