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Belzoni, Miss. by Marion Post Wolcott
Belzoni, Miss. by Marion Post Wolcott

Belzoni, Miss., 1939

Marion Post Wolcott

There is so much going on in this documentary photograph. Where are we? The label tells us this is the South, and there are other clues: the man ascending the staircase follows an arrow pointing to “Colored Admission.” The movie poster at the bottom of the stairs shows this is a cinema, and the blinding sunlight and strong, contrasting shadows give us the time of day: an afternoon matinee. What do you make of the strange disembodied shadow at the bottom of the stairs? It almost looks like the movie-star cowboy tipping his hat — or is it meant as the shadow cast by segregation?

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Los Angeles County Museum of Art
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