Hip Hop, Galveston, Texas
Dimensions: image: 18 7/8 in. x 15 in. (47.9 x 38.1 cm)
sheet: 20 x 16 in. (50.8 x 40.6 cm)
mat: 24 x 20 in. (61 x 50.8 cm)
Medium: gelatin silver print
Credit Line: Art Auction Fund Purchase
Label Text: A young black teenager, slight in build with jeans low on his hips and a wide gold chain around his neck confronts the viewer with a solemn expression. His eyes penetrate and accuse as he stands casually against a blank wall. This boy is a child of the urban streets, guarded, tough and alone. Hudnall enhances the solitary feeling by isolating the figure against the wall and juxtaposing the dark, smooth texture of the boy's skin with the light, rough wall surface.
Houston photographer, Earlie Hudnall, Jr. has been described as "the most accurate chronicler of black life over the last twenty years". Photographing events and the people from African-American communities in Texas, Mississippi and Georgia, Hudnall strives to tell universal stories by capturing the everyday. His desire to record the African-American experience on film stems from his father, an amateur photographer and his grandmother who chronicled the family history through scrapbooks. "I chose the camera as a tool to document different aspects of life: who we are, what we do, how we live, what our communities look like."
Object Number: 1996/7.26
Currently not on view