Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Black and White Photography

A photograph that is evidence of more than it pictures. This proof photo of a young black girl is stamped "Hollywood Studio, Exclusively for Colored." The owner of the studio, who also was black, worked in Jacksonville, Florida and Atlanta, Georgia. Presumably, the marketing strategy was meant to appeal to pride rather than to discriminate. No date is given, but I think it's likely from before the Civil Rights Act of 1964.


  1. This is a wonderful photo. Very intense little girl. Nice historical piece. Thanks for sharing it.

  2. She does look very self-possessed, and I'm glad you enjoyed it. Wouldn't a collection of photos with writing or text on them be interesting? Best, Robert