Man With Accordion

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Man With Accordion, 1948. Photographic image of a man holding an accordion in front of him. He is wearing a piece of cloth around his forehead. He is a musician in the mine dance that takes place on Sundays. Photograph by Constance Stuart Larrabee, 1948.
These images were taken in mining compounds in the Johannesburg area, where African miners, migrant workers recruited from all over southern Africa, lived in segregated quarters. As a form of entertainment, miners performed dances and played music on Sundays. These performances attracted white visitors, who received permission from the white owners of the mines to attend. Constance Stuart captured many of the images in this series during such an event.
There are no prints of this negative in the Constance Stuart Larrabee Collection. EEPA produced an 8x10 study print for reference purposes.
The cataloging of the Constance Stuart Larrabee Collection was supported by a grant from The Smithsonian Women's Committee.
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Smithsonian Institution, National Museum of African Art, Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives, 950 Independence Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20560-0708
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Constance Stuart Larrabee photographs 1935-1988 (bulk 1941-1945)
Local number
EEPA 1998-061797
Larrabee, Constance Stuart 1914-2000
South Africa
Johannesburg (South Africa)
Physical description
negative : b&w ; 6 x 6 cm. (silver gelatin)
photographic print : b&w ; 6 x 6 cm. (contact print)
photographic print : b&w ; 8 x 10 in. (dupe print)
Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives
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