Serena and Venus

Image for Serena and Venus
Photograph by
Lyons, Roderick J., American, born 1950
Subject of
Williams, Venus Ebony Starr, American, born 1980
Williams, Serena Jameka, American, born 1981
Williams, Richard
H x W: 4169pixels × 2822pixels (4169pixels × 2822pixels)
digital images
digital media - born analog
Place captured
Compton, Los Angeles County, California, United States, North and Central America
Digital scan of a 35mm black and white negative of Venus, Serena, and Richard Williams on a tennis court. The girls stand in front of their father, Richard Williams, who stands on the court behind them holding a racquet. Serena stands to the right of Venus and is at an angle to the net. Her proper left hand holds the racquet and is in a backhand shot motion. Her proper left hand is raised behind her. The ball can be seen in front of Serena at about level with her head. Venus stands farther away from her father and is at an angle to the net. She holds her racquet in front of her with both hands. All three are wearing matching printed Reebok polo shirts. The girls also have matching skirts. Buildings, other people, and cars are visible in the background of the image.
African American
Credit Line
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, Gift of Roderick Lyons
Object number
Restrictions & Rights
© Roderick Lyons
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Data Source
National Museum of African American History and Culture

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