Photograph of Thomas Smith at base camp with inscription on back

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2 images
Created by
Unidentified
Owned by
Smith, Thomas, American, died 1987
Medium
dye and photographic gelatin on photographic paper
Dimensions
H x W: 4 1/4 x 3 3/8 in. (10.8 x 8.6 cm)
Type
chromogenic color prints
portraits
Place used
Viet Nam, Asia
Date
1965-1970
Description
Color photograph of Thomas Smith holding an M16 rifle. Smith is wearing fatigues, a hat, and sunglasses. Military vehicles and three men in fatigues are visible in the background. The photograph is torn on the bottom left side and is adhered to a backing. A handwritten inscription on the back reads: [This is base camp 7c / me and my / girlfriend / sweet 16 / m-16 that is / we call them / black power].
Topic
African American
Black power
Military
Photography
Vietnam War, 1961-1975
Credit Line
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, Gift of Devlin Culliver
Object number
2012.163.2
Restrictions & Rights
Public Domain
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National Museum of African American History and Culture Collection
Classification
Media Arts-Photography
Exhibition
A Changing America: 1968 and Beyond
On View
NMAAHC (1400 Constitution Ave NW), National Mall Location, Concourse 1, C1 053
Data Source
National Museum of African American History and Culture