Poet Essex Hemphill playing chess

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  • Image for Poet Essex Hemphill playing chess
3 images
Photograph by
Dr. Simmons, Ron, American, born 1950
Subject of
Hemphill, Essex, American, 1957 - 1995
reversal film and plastic
H x W: 2 × 2 in. (5.1 × 5.1 cm)
color slides
Collection title
The Ron Simmons Photography Collection
Media Arts-Photography
Archival Collections
Place depicted
Washington, District of Columbia, United States, North and Central America
A color photographic slide featuring poet Essex Hemphill sitting in front of a chess board. The photograph was captured at a celebration for the second anniversary of Blacklight magazine in Washington, DC. Hemphill dons a white shirt with white buttons and thin white stripes intersecting at right angles, creating small squares. He is also wearing khaki pants. He smiles as he leans towards the camera with his hands folded and his elbows on his knees. Mostly white chess pieces are visible on the board itself, however, a brown bishop and queen also on the table, in front of Hemphill, but to the side of the chess board (probably captured by Hemphill). The slide is housed in a white encasement with a [CPS LTD] logo and [WASHINGTON D.C. 202-452-1044] printed on the reverse.
Civil rights
United States--History--1969-2001
Credit Line
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, Gift of Ron Simmons
Object number
Restrictions & Rights
© Ron Simmons

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