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Kent Kobersteen

Resurrection City has been erected in Washington DC, two doors east of the Poor People's Campaign headquarters, June 1968
Vintage ferrotyped gelatin silver print on paper
6 3/4 x 9 7/16 in. (17.15 x 23.97 cm)

Creation Place: North America
Technique: Photography
Credit Line: Gift of Eric Alterman
Accession Number: P2021.21.31

The Resurrection City-style shanty has been erected in Washington DC, two doors east of the Poor People's Campaign headquarters at 2021 Plymouth Avenue. It is just a pyramid-shaped plywood shell, with no displays around it. The only display of any kind is in the window of the headquarters---there are lots of Poor People's Campaign posters there. NB: On Tuesday, May 21, 1968, thousands of participants in the Poor People's March set up a shantytown on the Washington Mall known as Resurrection City. The town existed for six weeks and had its own zip code, 20013.

On verso: artist's credit stamp, manuscript title, date stamp, and typewritten label with title and date affixed.

Donated to the Benton Museum of Art at Pomona College by Eric Alterman on December 16, 2021.

Sheet: 8 x 9 7/8

Ferrotyped prints have a sensitive surface, usually shiny and thinner, because they are put through a press while still wet. Ferrotyping makes the surface of the photograph smoother. Light does not scatter as much on a smoother surface, so this increases contrast. That makes ferrotyped images better for press photography.

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