Gelatin silver print, wirephoto
Image: 18.9 x 15.9 cm (7 7/16 x 6 1/4 in.); Paper: 18.9 x 15.9 cm (7 7/16 x 6 1/4 in.)
Gift of Michael Mattis and Judith Hochberg 2021.27
Blacks efforts to register to vote in Alabama in 1965 were met with resistance, arrest, and sometimes violence.
Despite the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which banned discrimination based on race in voting, Black residents in southern states were being denied access to the ballot box. This unidentified photographer used traditional artistic tools such as composition and viewpoint to communicate his feelings about this incident. The image channels symmetry and centrality to identify and imprison the protagonist, who is wedged between two cars which prophesy his incarceration.
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