People’s Free Food Program, Palo Alto, California, 1972

Photograph by
Shames, Stephen, American, born 1947
Subject of
Unidentified Woman or Women
Black Panther Party, American, 1966 - 1982
Date
1972, printed 2014
Medium
silver and photographic gelatin on photographic paper
Dimensions
H x W (Sheet): 19 3/4 × 16 in. (50.2 × 40.6 cm)
H x W (Image): 18 5/8 × 12 9/16 in. (47.3 × 31.9 cm)
Description
A black-and-white photograph of two older women sitting side-by-side on a bench. Both women are wearing floral print dresses, and are facing the camera. The woman on the proper right is wearing glasses and holds a newspaper in her left hand. The woman on the left is resting her arms on her handbag in her lap. The women have bags of food placed on the ground in front of their legs. The bags read: [PEOPLE'S/ FREE FOOD/ PROGRAM], and there is an image of a black panther, the Black Panther Party logo, between the lines [PEOPLE'S] and [FREE FOOD].
Place depicted
Palo Alto, Santa Clara County, California, United States, North and Central America
Classification
Media Arts-Photography
Type
gelatin silver prints
portraits
Topic
Black power
Cooking and dining
Health
Photography
Politics
Resistance
Social reform
U.S. History, 1969-2001
Credit Line
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture
Object number
2014.123.2
Restrictions & Rights
© Stephen Shames
GUID
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/fd51a59ec88-1592-4df8-b349-c8afdb369b78