Photograph by
Olson, Martha, American
Subject of
Barnes, Otho, American, 1876 - 1975
Barnes, Anna, American, 1888 - 1978
Unidentified Woman or Women
silver and photographic gelatin on photographic paper
H x W (Image): 9 7/8 × 7 1/8 in. (25.1 × 18.1 cm)
H x W (Paper Frame Closed): 17 × 14 in. (43.2 × 35.6 cm)
H x W (Paper Frame Open): 17 × 28 in. (43.2 × 71.1 cm)
Martha Olson graduated from Northwestern University with her B.A. in Art in 1969, and within a year, she was working more than 800 miles away as the girls’ physical education teacher at Marion High School in Columbia, Mississippi. It was the first year of integration in Mississippi public schools. During that time, Olson photographed local students, their relatives, and other residents of Marion County, which she later compiled into a series entitled, "Marion County Mississippi: 1970-1971."
A black and white photograph of Anna and Otho Barnes. Otho sits in the foreground of the photograph in a wooden chair. He faces the right of the image and is wearing a hat. Anna is featured in the background of the image standing near a table with a phone on it. In the right background, there is an unidentified person partially visible. The image is mounted to a paper frame which has the photographer’s name [Martha Olson] written below the image. On the back of the photograph are handwritten inscriptions identifying the subject, date, and photographer.
Place depicted
Columbia, Marion County, Mississippi, United States, North and Central America
Marion County Mississippi: 1970-1971
Media Arts-Photography
gelatin silver prints
American South
Domestic life
Rural life
Credit Line
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, Gift of Martha Olson
Object number
Restrictions & Rights
© Martha Olson
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