Photograph of a man and four women sitting on a beach

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2 images
Photograph by
Mosley, John W., American, 1907 - 1969
Subject of
Unidentified Man or Men
Unidentified Woman or Women
Medium
silver and photographic gelatin on photographic paper
Dimensions
H x W (Image): 9 5/8 × 7 11/16 in. (24.5 × 19.5 cm)
H x W (Sheet): 10 1/16 × 8 1/8 in. (25.5 × 20.6 cm)
Type
gelatin silver prints
portraits
Date
1940-1960
Description
A silver gelatin print depicting a black-and-white image of a man and four (4) women sitting on a beach. The man is centrally depicted with two (2) women seated on either side of him and two (2) women kneeling behind him. The man is seated in the sand with his knees drawn up, his arms resting on his knees, and his proper left hand holding his proper right hand. He is wearing dark swim trunks. The woman seated on the left is wearing a strapless, light colored swimsuit. Her proper right leg tucked under her and her proper left leg is extended forward. The woman seated on the right is depicted sitting on a striped towel. She has her knees drawn up and her proper left arm draped over her shins. She is looking towards the left side of the image. The woman kneeling behind the man on the left is depicted with her head slightly tilted to the right and with her proper right hand resting on the man’s shoulder. She is wearing a light colored bikini with a matching bikini skirt. The woman kneeling on the top right is wearing a dark, halter neck swimsuit. In the background is a row of matching beach umbrellas extending diagonally from the middle of the left side of the image, towards the top right corner. There are people seated under the umbrellas and one (1) person walking in the sand nearby. The photographer’s mark, printed in the negative in the bottom left corner reads, [MOSLEY] next to an etched graphic of a man in profile holding a camera. There are no inscriptions on the back of the image.
Topic
African American
Amusements
Photography
Recreation
Credit Line
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture
Object number
2013.46.25.115
Restrictions & Rights
No Known Copyright Restrictions
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National Museum of African American History and Culture Collection
Collection title
The Laura Cathrell Show-Down Magazine Collection
Classification
Media Arts-Photography
Data Source
National Museum of African American History and Culture

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