Non-Street Photography

I shot this in an art museum in the USA. I know I took it in the USA because the RAW file is in that folder on my hard drive. And I know I shot it in 2015 with the Fuji X100s because the EXIF data says so.

As far as ‘street photography’ goes, galleries and museums are my favourites. The lighting is good, and the walls are painted with well thought out colours.

And the people in museums and galleries are usually absorbed in what they are doing.

Looking at the photo it occurred to me that I might be able to find out what the painting is. I took a crop of it and used the Perspective tool in Photoshop to square it up, like this. Nothing too exact, just enough to give Google something to get its teeth into.

I put the crop into the image search tool in Google, and Google said it was probably Town of Hope, painted by Archibald J. Motley Jr. in 1927 and that the painting is in the Whitney Museum Of American Art.

And that answers the question, because that is indeed the painting, and Tamara and I remember very well that we went to the Whitney in 2015.

The description on the Witney website says that the painting is about the Great Migration when two million African Americans left the South between 1910 and 1930 to escape racism.

1 Comment

  1. Tamara says:

    Amazing that you could find out details about the painting, David. I wonder why they moved. Perhaps they did not own the building and it was too expensive to maintain as it was located in such a central spot in Manhattan.


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