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Albert Coya



Reverend Ralph Abernathy, leader of the Poor People's Campaign, arrives at the Republican National Convention in Miami Beach, August 6, 1968
Vintage ferrotyped gelatin silver print on paper
7 1/4 x 9 3/8 in. (18.42 x 23.81 cm)

Creation Place: North America
Technique: Photography
Credit Line: Restricted gift of Michael Mattis and Judy Hochberg in honor of Myrlie Evers-Williams.
Accession Number: P2021.13.78

Commentary
The Reverend Ralph Abernathy, leader of the Poor People's Campaign, arrives at the Republican National Convention in Miami Beach, Florida.

Ralph Abernathy (1926-1990) was a Baptist minister who, with Martin Luther King, Jr., organized the historic Montgomery Bus Boycotts. Abernathy co-founded the Southern Christian Leadership Conference and was a major Civil Rights figure, serving as close adviser to King and later assuming SCLC Presidency.

Marks
On verso: artist's credit stamp, manuscript title and date stamp.

Materials
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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Dimensions
  • Image Dimensions: 7 1/4 x 9 3/8 in. (18.42 x 23.81 cm) Measured by Hudson, Karen
  • Sheet Dimensions: 8 1/8 x 10 in. (20.64 x 25.4 cm) Measured by Hudson, Karen


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