Whodini: Jalil & Ecstacy at the Ritz

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2 images
Photograph by
Allen, Harry, American, born 1964
Subject of
Hutchins, Jalil, American, born 1963
Ecstasy, American, born 1964
Whodini, American, founded 1981
The Ritz, American, 1980 - early 1990s
Medium
silver and photographic gelatin on photographic paper
Dimensions
H x W (Sheet): 10 7/8 × 13 15/16 in. (27.7 × 35.4 cm)
H x W (Image): 8 9/16 × 12 7/8 in. (21.8 × 32.7 cm)
Type
gelatin silver prints
portraits
Place captured
New York City, New York, United States, North and Central America
Date
early 1980s
Description
A black-and-white photograph of Jalil and Ecstacy at The Ritz nightclub in New York City. Jalil, left, wears a dark-colored leather jacket and gloves. Ecstacy (John Fletcher) also wears a dark-colored leather jacket, gloves, and his signature Zorro-style hat. The two are looking straight at the camera, gesturing with their left index and pinky fingers extended towards each other. The background is dark, with lights and figures barely visible. On the verso is an eyejammie gallery label with the title and photographer.
Topic
African American
Gesture
Hip hop (Music)
Musicians
Nightlife
Photography
Credit Line
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture
Object number
2015.132.41
Restrictions & Rights
© Harry Allen. Permission required for use.
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National Museum of African American History and Culture Collection
Collection title
Eyejammie Hip Hop Photography Collection
Classification
Media Arts-Photography
Data Source
National Museum of African American History and Culture

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