Silver gelatin developed-out print, 9 x 7 1/8 inches
Corcoran Gallery of Art, The Evan-Tibbs Collection, Gift of Thurlow Evans Tibbs, Jr., 1996
(c) 2003 the Corcoran Gallery of Art
Look at this!
This photograph is a portrait of the Alpha Phi Alpha basketball team, taken in 1926 in Harlem, a neighborhood in New York City. Harlem was a major center of African-American life and culture. Photographer James VanDerZee used his camera to capture the lives of the people there.
Think about it.
Notice how the team is posed -- nothing is out of place, everything is balanced. Why would the artist set up the picture this way? What was he trying to show, beyond just the team members?
Try writing a poem that describes the emotions of the people in this photograph. Or think about how life in your community compares to life in this photo. Write a poem about those similarities or differences.
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