Harlem Beauty Contest • New York, NY

Image for Harlem Beauty Contest • New York, NY
Photograph by
Freed, Leonard, American, 1929 - 2006
Subject of
Unidentified Woman or Women
Unidentified Man or Men
Printed by
Steinmetz Studio
silver and photographic gelatin on photographic paper
H x W (Image): 8 11/16 × 12 15/16 in. (22 × 32.9 cm)
H x W (Sheet): 11 x 14 in. (27.9 x 35.6 cm)
H x W (Matted): 16 x 20 in. (40.6 x 50.8 cm)
gelatin silver prints
Place captured
Harlem, Manhattan, New York City, New York, United States, North and Central America
1963; printed 1998
A black-and-white photograph of a woman in a ballgown walking down a runway at a fashion show in Harlem, NY by photographer Leonard Freed. The woman wears a white dress and is walking down an illuminated runway with a spotlight on her from behind. There is an audience seated at tables on either side of the runway, including one standing man the woman seems to be looking at. The date and place the photo was taken are inscribed on the back along with the photographer's stamp.
African American
Beauty culture
United States--History--1961-1969
United States--Social life and customs
Credit Line
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture
Object number
Restrictions & Rights
© Leonard Freed & Magnum Photos, Inc.
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Data Source
National Museum of African American History and Culture

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