Portrait of Liza Johnson with Lady

Photograph by
Olson, Martha, American
Subject of
Johnson, Liza, American
Date
1970
Medium
silver and photographic gelatin on photographic paper
Dimensions
H x W (Image): 13 3/4 × 9 1/4 in. (34.9 × 23.5 cm)
H x W (Sheet): 19 9/16 × 15 5/8 in. (49.7 × 39.7 cm)
H x W (Frame): 21 5/16 × 17 5/16 in. (54.1 × 44 cm)
Caption
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."
Description
A black and white photograph of Liza Johnson and a cat named Lady. Johnson is standing on a porch, leaning down holding a cat's paw. The cat is standing on its two hind legs and reaching its paws to Johnson. The picture is a frame. The back of the frame has an inscription reading [VP 011.tif / Martha Olson 1970 / Ms. Liza Johnson and "Lady" / Brookhaven, MISS. / Mom's friend (kitten "Lady" was killed by a truck day after this shot taken)]. The back of the frame has picture wire attached to it.
Place depicted
Brookhaven, Lincoln County, Mississippi, United States, North and Central America
Portfolio/Series
Marion County Mississippi: 1970-1971
Classification
Media Arts-Photography
Type
gelatin silver prints
portraits
Topic
American South
Communities
Domestic life
Photography
Rural life
Credit Line
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, Gift of Martha Olson
Object number
2018.21.7
Restrictions & Rights
© Martha Olson
GUID
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/fd52be2c08b-0dfa-4cf5-a694-c5b0fb0a0848
2 image(s)