A Boy Eating a Foxy Pop

Accession Number

A Boy Eating a Foxy Pop

Dawoud Bey

Artist Nationality
American (North American)

Object Creation Date
1988; printed 1997

Medium & Support
gelatin silver print on paper

14 in x 11 in (35.56 cm x 27.94 cm)

Credit Line
Gift from the Collection of David S. Rosen MD, MPH

Subject matter
In this photograph, a young African American boy returns the camera's gaze. The boy stands against a slatted metal wall, eating a Foxy pop. Bey's work challenges traditional power relationships between sitter, photographer, and viewer. This image was created with Type 55 film, which allowed Bey to create a positive image to give to the subject as it was created, but still retain a negative. This work is part of a series in which Bey sought to photograph the African American community in Brooklyn where he lived, combining sensibilities of studio portraiture and street photography. 

Physical Description
A photograph of a young African American boy standing against a metal slatted wall, on which graffiti is visible. He wears a dark button down shirt and holds a Foxy pop in his hand, eating it as the photograph was taken.

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shirts (main garments)

12 Related Resources

Food Cultures
(Part of 4 Learning Collections)
Race, Gender, Class, and American Identity
(Part of 11 Learning Collections)
Social Justice
(Part of 3 Learning Collections)
Social Justice and Art, 1969-today
(Part of 4 Learning Collections)
Foxy Pop: AADL Summer Game 2020
(Part of: <b>AADL Summer Game 2020 </b>)
Student Curatorial Project: African-American artists in UMMA's collection
(Part of: W21 and W22 Ellsworth - AAS 290 - The Tulsa Race Massacre)

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