Chromogenic print of a "Stop AIDS" graffiti mural in New York City

Photograph by
Paniccioli, Ernie, American
ca. 1990
dye and photographic gelatin on photographic paper with cardboard and Fome-Cor (TM)
H x W x D (Sheet): 18 × 41 5/8 × 1/4 in. (45.7 × 105.8 × 0.7 cm)
H x W (Image): 12 1/2 × 36 1/4 in. (31.8 × 92 cm)
A color photograph of a portion of a Stop Aids graffiti mural in New York City. The mural is painted on a light tan wall. The bottom half of the image features a depiction of a white brick wall with cracks running through many of the bricks, running the full length of the image. A light and dark blue cloud features prominently on the left side of the image with the words [STOP / AIDS] spray painted in yellow letters outlined in red. The middle of the image features an illustration two men standing in profile, facing each other, on either side of a tombstone. The front of the tombstone has the text [USE YOUR / HEAD BEFORE / YOU END UP / DEAD.] written in black text. The word [DEAD] is underlined and the letters have drip lines giving it a bloody text effect. The man on the left is featured wearing a yellow shirt, yellow pants, and black shoes with yellow laces. He has three black thought bubbles above, and to the right of his head. He is holding his proper left hand splayed out, reaching for a syringe with a bloody hypodermic needle in the proper right hand of the man depicted on the right of the tombstone. The man on the right is depicted with red spikey hair, a green shirt, green pants and black shoes with white laces. On the far right of the image is the text [THE LAW] written in red block letters, outlined in black, above a depiction of scrolled paper with the text [I. DON’T “SHOOT” / DRUGS. / II. USE CONDOM. / III. HAVE SEX WITH FAiTHFUL / PARTNER.] written in black text. There are no inscriptions on the recto. On the verso the image is signed in blue ink by the photographer.
Place captured
New York City, New York, United States, North and Central America
Collection title
Eyejammie Hip Hop Photography Collection
Media Arts-Photography
chromogenic color prints
Urban life
Credit Line
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture
Object number
Restrictions & Rights
© Ernie Paniccioli
2 image(s)