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Naples #709

Accession Number
2013/2.131

Title
Naples #709

Artist(s)
Jed Fielding

Artist Nationality
American (North American)

Object Creation Date
1990

Medium & Support
gelatin silver print on paper

Dimensions
9 in x 13 in (22.86 cm x 33.02 cm)

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

Subject matter
This photograph depicts a group of children in a cobblestone street with a young girl standing at the center of the composition. The children crowded around all look to her, whereas she looks directly into the camera lens. Standing at the epicenter of the photograph, she extends her arms out from her sides, one hand limply resting on a boy’s shoulder, her other hand grabs at a girl’s arm. Her gaze into the camera’s lens is proud and confident—almost confrontational, though the hint of a smile plays lightly on her lips. The daylight in the scene casts the right side of her face in shadow, while her left is bathed in soft, diffused light. The girl to her right wears a shirt with the words “California Dreaming” emblazoned across it. Behind the kids stands an older man, his face squinting and discerning. The social and composition dynamics in this image impart a sense of youthful confidence.

Physical Description
This photograph depicts a group of children in a city street. One young girl stands at center of the group with her arms out. She stares directly into the camera, while the others look at her.

Primary Object Classification
Photograph

Collection Area
Photography

Rights
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Keywords
South Italian (Italian culture or style)
children (people by age group)
journalistic photography
offspring
playgrounds
street scenes
urban environments