Self-Portrait, NYC (Primary Title)

Anthony Barboza, American, born 1944 (Artist)

ca. 1970s
Works On Paper
Gelatin silver print
Sheet: 8 13/16 × 11 9/16 in. (22.38 × 29.37 cm)
Image: 6 1/16 × 9 in. (15.4 × 22.86 cm)
Mat: 16 × 20 in. (40.64 × 50.8 cm)
Not on view
Several years younger than Louis Draper, Barboza was only nineteen when he joined the Kamoinge collective in 1963, and he later described it as “a whole college to me.” By 1969 he had opened his own studio. While Barboza achieved great success as a commercial photographer—including assignments for Elle, Essence, Life, and National Geographic—he simultaneously maintained his career as a fine-art photographer. This image of his own silhouette clearly reflects an ongoing dialogue between Draper and Barboza, as well as Ming Smith, all of whom made images of their own and each other’s shadows.
Dated, signed, and copyrighted by the photographer in black ink on verso: "1970's / A. Barboza ©".
Annotated by the photographer in black ink on verso: "NYC".
Adolph D. and Wilkins C. Williams Fund
A Commitment to the Community: The Black Photographers Annual, Volume I, VMFA, February 16, 2017 – October 1, 2017

"Working Together: Louis Draper and the Kamoinge Workshop", VMFA, February 1, 2020 - June 14, 2020

© Anthony Barboza

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