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ca. 1970s
American
Photographs
Works On Paper
Gelatin silver print
Sheet: 8 × 10 in. (20.32 × 25.4 cm)
Image: 6 1/2 × 9 1/2 in. (16.51 × 24.13 cm)
2015.292
Louis Draper and Anthony Barboza maintained a close working relationship for many years. In these two self-portraits, both artists placed their shadows over white compositional elements on the ground, allowing their silhouetted shapes to oscillate between a nearly abstract element and a representation of themselves. A number of Kamoinge artists were making images of their own shadows by the 1970s, suggesting a group dialogue about the compositional techniques used and perhaps the various symbolic connotations.
Traces of Draper Estate stamp on recto in lower margin. Black stamp on verso: Warning: From the estate of / Louis Draper / Executor / Nell Draper Winston / © Copyright 2002 / ...
Inscribed in graphite on verso: "DR0045"
Arthur and Margaret Glasgow Endowment
A Commitment to the Community: The Black Photographers Annual, Volume I, VMFA, February 16, 2017 – October 1, 2017

"Working Together: Louis Draper and the Kamoinge Workshop", VMFA, February 1, 2020 - June 14, 2020
©artist or artist’s estate

Photographer Louis Draper
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Chiefly known as as a New York photographer, Louis Draper was first a Richmonder. His sister, Nell Draper Winston, talks about her brother’s ability to capture the character of everyday people.

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