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Portrait of William Edmondson, Sculptor, Nashville
9.5" x 7"
Silver platinum print
1941

William Edmondson was notably the first African American artist to be given a one-person exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City. In this black-and-white portrait, photographer Edward Weston captures the sculptor in a moment of reflection. Edmondson is seated on a crate just outside of a dusty studio entranceway with his hands resting matter-of-factly on his work apron. Surrounding the artist is a ladder, wooden supports, large stone blocks and scattered shards chipped away from other projects, offering a glimpse of his process.