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Maker(s):Lyon, Danny
Culture:American (b. 1942)
Title:Texas Prison
Date Made:1968
Type:Photograph
Materials:Gelatin silver print
Measurements:Mat: 16 in x 20 in; 40.6 cm x 50.8 cm; Sheet: 11 in x 13 7/8 in; 27.9 cm x 35.2 cm; Image: 8 3/4 in x 12 7/8 in; 22.2 cm x 32.7 cm
Narrative Inscription:  TITLE/DATE/SIGNATURE: verso, lwr.r. (graphite): TEXAS PRISON 1968 Danny Lyon; NUMBER: verso, lwr. l. (graphite): 571/6
Accession Number:  UM 1978.71
Credit Line:Purchased with funds from National Endowment for the Arts and Alumni, Class of 1928
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Description:
This photograph black and white photograph shows two men in prison jumpsuits against a brick wall, both of them with averted gazes. The tops of their jumpsuits are unbuttoned, exposing tattooed chests. The man on the left has a tattoo of Christ with a crown of thorns, but the man on the right’s tattoo is more unclear - though it appears to be some sort of animal, perhaps a leopard or a cheetah.

Tags:
crime; uniforms; social commentary; religion; civil rights; men; photojournalism; punishing; race

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