Arsenio Playing Wiffleball

Accession Number

Arsenio Playing Wiffleball

Danny Lyon

Artist Nationality
American (North American)

Object Creation Date
1992; printed 2010

Medium & Support
gelatin silver print on paper

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

Credit Line
Gift of Thomas Wilson '79 and Jill Garling '80

Subject matter
In Let Them Kill Themselves, Lyon documented urban life in Bushwick, Brooklyn. He first met a group of boys on the J Train. Intrigued by them, he followed them, asking to take their photographs. He continued to take a series of photographs of boys in the neighborhood. One part of the series includes the group of friends playing wiffleball. Arsenio appears here in a paved lot, surrounded by brick walls, standing on one foot, winding up to hit the ball.

Physical Description
A photograph of a young man playing Wiffleball. He stands near the corner of an exterior brick enclosure, leaning back on one foot, preparing to hit the ball.

Primary Object Classification

Collection Area

If you are interested in using an image for a publication, please visit for more information and to fill out the online Image Rights and Reproductions Request Form.

baseball (field sport)
exterior walls
men (male humans)
pavements (surface elements)

26 Related Resources

(Part of 7 Learning Collections)
Athletes and Sports
(Part of 10 Learning Collections)
Borders of Identity in North America
(Part of 14 Learning Collections)
Oppositional Photography, Outsider Photography
(Part of 9 Learning Collections)
Documentary Photography & Social Realism
(Part of 9 Learning Collections)
Male Sociality and Leisure
(Part of: Masculinities)
Muscularity in Motion
(Part of: Masculinities)
Jewish Photographers 
(Part of: Ethnicity and Race)
Danny Lyon
(Part of: Modern Jewish Photography F22 - Dash Moore)

& Author Notes

All Rights Reserved