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Children posing for Public School Scene, not after 1951

Sharrer, Honoré Desmond, 1920-2009, photographer


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Title: Children posing for Public School Scene

Date: not after 1951

Physical Details: 1 photographic print : b&w ; 25 x 20 cm.

Description: One photograph of two young boys, with another smaller photoraph of two young girls taped on the verso. The photograph of the little girls was used as a source for the public school scene in Sharrer's polyptych Tribute to the American Working People.

Date is based on the year that Tribute was completed.

Identification on paper taped to verso (typewritten, by Sharrer): When first starting to develop the Public school scene, I wanted to have among the other children a Negro and white boy with their arms around each other. I was always on the lookout for that situation in the schools I visited, and when it never materialised, I created the situation by asking a Negro boy and a white boy to pose. I did this several times, but the results were always false. They were obviously posing and there was no friendship there. Later I found the right feeling with a little Negro girl who posed with her best friend. It is they who are in the Public school scene. Coronado, Calif.

Creator: Sharrer, Honoré Desmond, 1920-2009, photographer

Forms part of: Honoré Sharrer papers, circa 1920-2007

Rights Statement: Current copyright status is undetermined

Citation Information: Honoré Desmond Sharrer. Children posing for Public School Scene, not after 1951. Honoré Sharrer papers, circa 1920-2007. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.

Digital ID: 11731