William Albert Allard

Crenshaw, Mississippi, 1968// In 1968 I was assigned to photograph the “Poor Peoples March” that was to start in the Deep South and end up in Washington DC. A reporter and I went to a gathering of African Americans in the area of Crenshaw, Mississippi who were supposed to leave for Washington in a day or two. The people were crowded together under a a huge canvas tent where we met the Irbys, a nice family who agreed to let us follow them back to their home later, an aged wooden tenant house sitting in the midst of vast cotton fields. But before we left the tent, I made a few portraits of some of the family but mostly of Hank, who was 17 at the time. The details in the portrait of Hank are so important probably because they are really imperfections, something one might change or correct of one we’re going to do a serious portrait session. Little details like the part of an under shirt that shows. How the top button of his shirt is buttoned tight, the second button is loose. And there are small flecks of blue paint on his shirt that echo the color of his sweater. His well worn cap is tilted just so. The wall of the tent behind him provides background color that blends so well with his dark eyes, his brown skin. His gaze at me is just slightly apprehensive but accepting. Although unstudied, it’s probably as hones and direct a portrait as I’ve ever made.
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Crenshaw, Mississippi

Crenshaw, Mississippi, 1968// In 1968 I was assigned to photograph the “Poor Peoples March” that was to start in the Deep South and end up in Washington DC. A reporter and I went to a gathering of African Americans in the area of Crenshaw, Mississippi who were supposed to leave for Washington in a day or two. The people were crowded together under a a huge canvas tent where we met the Irbys, a nice family who agreed to let us follow them back to their home later, an aged wooden tenant house sitting in the midst of vast cotton fields. But before we left the tent, I made a few portraits of some of the family but mostly of Hank, who was 17 at the time. The details in the portrait of Hank are so important probably because they are really imperfections, something one might change or correct of one we’re going to do a serious portrait session. Little details like the part of an under shirt that shows. How the top button of his shirt is buttoned tight, the second button is loose. And there are small flecks of blue paint on his shirt that echo the color of his sweater. His well worn cap is tilted just so. The wall of the tent behind him provides background color that blends so well with his dark eyes, his brown skin. His gaze at me is just slightly apprehensive but accepting. Although unstudied, it’s probably as hones and direct a portrait as I’ve ever made.
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#portraitphotography #filmphotography #60s #1960s #south #kodachrome #leica #mississippi

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@joe_and_rosita_travels

Perfect photo as is!!!

@kschatta

his story must be deep

@chant__tell

Beautiful

@annelunenoir

Great portrait ❤️

@andyzorzi

Loved reading this description. Agree 100% those “imperfections” are what make it great.

@michaelfreundvisuals

Very powerful.

@outofway

💥💥💥💣kaboom dude!💣💥💥💥 Really good one...

@kittywampu1kittywampus1

He is beautiful and inspiring. A portrait of potential and anticipation. He is apprehensive about what will happen during the journey and wondering whether there will be any change for poor people, dark skinned people, young people. I really love this portrait and Hank.

@primosgrandma

And look how far they've come in life. God is good

@lindalu122

It’s a beautiful portrait

@juliesullivan6406

Really stunning and heart wrenching at the same time. I love photos like this that capture emotional texture in snippet and then gone ... this pic is worth thousands of words 👏👏👏💥😘

@masadac

Beautiful image and commentary

@neetybird

So fleeting and perfect.

@taniaviesulas

Yes, the “imperfections” add humanity!🎨

@jack.scruggs12

This is one of the most unbelievable portraits I have ever seen, 🤧

@ibarionex

One of my favorite portraits of yours.

@mich.gillie011

Although I'm slightly haunted by his eyes - almost as though he had seen too much in his 17 years. Do you know what became of the family?

@lsd2b

Very powerful, very moving

@lsd2b

Haunting

@drhoades1951

Imagine something real, not photoshopped. Truth, not fake

@garatefer

Una de las fotos de retratos mas lindas que vi en mi vida. Felicitaciones

@buzzmediacompany

Just beautiful, poignant, real, thank you for sharing

@caliooo1

It is a perfect photo. Draws us in without knowing why. Never saw the imperfections until you mentioned them. 👏

@marcs3bz

Great shot

@__lumberjill__

@vivi_jas10 I want to know too.

@__lumberjill__

I absolutely love this photo.

@melrums

Looking thru

@peacockeyes

Amazing portrait.

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