Portrait of Ida Mae Nelson and her mom Irean Johnson

Photograph by
Olson, Martha, American
Subject of
Nelson, Ida Mae, American
Johnson, Irean, American
Date
1970
Medium
silver and photographic gelatin on photographic paper
Dimensions
H x W (Image): 9 15/16 × 8 in. (25.2 × 20.3 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 Ida Mae Nelson (left) and her mom Irean Johnson (right). Both women are standing outside of a house and facing the camera. Nelson wears a top with a sweater over her shoulders and striped bell-bottom pants. She is holding a chain in her hands. Johnson wears a button-up shirt over a tunic and bell-bottom jeans. A car is visible in the background. A house is partially visible on the right side of the image. On the back of the photograph are handwritten inscriptions identifying the subject, date, and photographer.
Place depicted
Marion 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
Families
Motherhood
Photography
Rural life
Youth
Credit Line
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, Gift of Martha Olson
Object number
2018.21.93
Restrictions & Rights
© Martha Olson
GUID
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/fd5c706cc10-c5bc-44f9-a7a1-833c1c24e1c1
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