Pensacola, Florida (Primary Title)
[Liberty] (Alternate Title)

Anthony Barboza, American, born 1944 (Artist)

Works On Paper
Gelatin silver print
Sheet: 10 15/16 × 13 13/16 in. (27.78 × 35.08 cm)
Image: 8 7/8 × 13 3/8 in. (22.54 × 33.97 cm)
Mat: 16 × 20 in. (40.64 × 50.8 cm)
Not on view

Barboza was only nineteen when he joined the Kamoinge collective in 1963, which he later described as “a whole college to me.” After joining the Navy when he was drafted in 1965, Barboza had to leave the group for three years. He took this photograph of a broken neon sign while he was stationed in Pensacola, Florida. For Barboza, this image illustrates what he learned from the collective. As he explained, “I wouldn’t have seen these things if I wasn’t in Kamoinge, even for that short a time. And Liberty was broken for us.”

Signed by the photographer in black ink on verso: "Anthony Barboza".
Titled and dated by the photographer in black ink on verso: "Pensacola, Fl. / 1966".
Adolph D. and Wilkins C. Williams Fund
2018: "Truthful Witnessing: The Black Photographers Annual, Volume 3", VMFA, May 12 - October 14, 2018

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

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