Black Muslim Leader Malcolm X Photographing Cassius Clay

Photograph by
Gomel, Bob, American, born 1933
Subject of
X, Malcolm, American, 1925 - 1965
Ali, Muhammad, American, 1942 - 2016
Date
1964
Medium
silver and photographic gelatin on photographic paper
Dimensions
H x W (sheet): 17 × 22 in. (43.2 × 55.9 cm)
H x W (image): 13 3/4 × 20 3/8 in. (34.9 × 51.8 cm)
Description
This gelatin silver print depicts a candid shot of Malcolm X photographing Muhammad Ali. Malcom X stands behind the counter top of what appears to be a diner or bar with a camera held to his face, smiling as he focuses on Ali across the counter and to his right. Ali wears a bemused expression and rests his hands on the counter top. Seated at the counter and beyond to where the frame of the image ends, are numerous men dressed likewise in suits; many pictured have focused their attention on the interaction between Malcolm X and Muhammad Ali. There is only one woman pictured three rows back from the counter.
Classification
Media Arts-Photography
Movement
Civil Rights Movement
Type
gelatin silver prints
Topic
Civil rights
Men
Photography
Religious groups
U.S. History, 1961-1969
Credit Line
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture
Object number
2014.166.9
Restrictions & Rights
© Bob Gomel/The LIFE Images Collection/Getty Images. Permission required for use.
GUID
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2 image(s)