Photograph by
Unidentified
Subject of
Calloway, Cab, American, 1907 - 1994
Al Morgan, American, 1908 - 1974
Date
1930s
Medium
silver and photographic gelatin on photographic paper
Dimensions
H x W (Image): 4 5/8 × 6 9/16 in. (11.8 × 16.7 cm)
H x W (Sheet): 4 15/16 × 6 7/8 in. (12.5 × 17.5 cm)
Description
A black and white photograph of Cab Calloway conducting a band. Calloway is pictured at the right side of the image, in profile. He is turned facing towards the band, on the left. His proper left arm is raised, with a conductor's baton lightly grasped in his open hand. His head is pulled back, his face and gaze turned upwards, and his mouth open. He wears a light colored, double-breasted suit jacket and matching pants with a dark stripe up the side. The band members are gathered closely before him and to his proper left, wearing matching jackets and playing their instruments. From the bottom left is a trumpet player, a trombone player with slide outstretched, and an upright bass player turned to look and smile directly at the camera. To Calloway's proper right are two saxophone players. In the background are four chorus girls in matching light colored headdresses and sequined outfits. A large floral arrangement is in the top left corner and an art deco style, diamond shaped light fixture is in the top center. There are no marks or inscriptions, front or back.
Classification
Media Arts-Photography
Movement
Harlem Renaissance (New Negro Movement)
Type
gelatin silver prints
Topic
Composers (Musicians)
Conductors (Musicians)
Dance
Jazz (Music)
Musicians
Nightlife
Singers (Musicians)
Credit Line
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, Gift of Cabella Calloway Langsam
Object number
2013.237.10
Restrictions & Rights
Public domain
GUID
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/fd5ff21c293-01fc-4a30-ae30-bfe3fb4575f2
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