Photograph of American soldiers at a mess tent in Vietnam

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2 images
Subject of
Unidentified Man or Men
Photograph by
Brown, James Edward II, American
Medium
dye on photographic paper
Dimensions
H x W: 3 1/2 x 3 1/2 in. (8.9 x 8.9 cm)
Type
dye diffusion transfer prints
portraits
Place captured
Viet Nam, Asia
Date
ca. 1967
Description
A color photograph of American soldiers standing by a mess tent with a flat roof. It depicts several soldiers clustered under and next to a wood structure with canvas sides. The canvas has been rolled up and piled on the structure's roof. Under the tent are several large metal pots and containers, one of which appears to contain food. In the foreground are two soldiers greeting each other. The left hand figure, standing sideways to the viewer, wears an olive green peaked cap and olive green fatigue shirt with rolled up sleeves. He gestures with his right arm up, with his elbow bent, pointing outwards toward the viewer. He gazes straight ahead at the right hand figure who stands immediately in front of him. This soldier stands frontally to the viewer, his head turned to his right towards the other figure. He gestures with his right arm, holding it up and slightly out to the side, and bent at the elbow, nearly touching the other man's outstretched hand. He wears an olive green military shirt and cargo pants. His head, wearing a boonie hat, touches the rolled up canvas at the edge of the tent roof. Behind him a third man, standing under the tent roof and wearing cargo pants and a watch on his left wrist, dips his right hand into one of the metal pots. In the background is the front part of a military jeep, a large canvas tent, and stacks of metal barrels.
Topic
African American
Men
Military
Race relations
Vietnam War, 1961-1975
Violence
Credit Line
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, Gift of James E. Brown
Object number
2013.11.4.7
Restrictions & Rights
Unknown - Restrictions Possible
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National Museum of African American History and Culture Collection
Classification
Media Arts-Photography
Data Source
National Museum of African American History and Culture

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