Lincoln, Maw and Shorty

Accession Number

Lincoln, Maw and Shorty

Shelby Lee Adams

Artist Nationality
American (North American)

Object Creation Date

Medium & Support
gelatin silver print on paper

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

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

Subject matter
Shelby Lee Adams began photographing in the Appalachian mountains in Eastern Kentucky in 1974. Adams grew up in the region, allowing him access to a complex culture outside of mainstream America. In order to meet his subjects, he must be introduced by a friend or neighbor. He works with his subjects for extended periods of times, sometimes working with a single family for years. After each session, he returns with glossy 8" x 10" prints that are often framed and hung on the subjects' walls. Adams uses as many as five artificial light sources and daylight when he shoots, carefully considering composition, and collaborating with his subjects on how they would like to be represented. 

Physical Description
A portrait of two men and a dog. The man on the left is wearing a hat and white shirt; he has a large moustache. The older man to the right is wearing a plaid button down shirt.

Primary Object Classification

Collection Area

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Canis (genus)
families (kinship groups)
group portraits
men (male humans)
old age
shirts (main garments)

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