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Sugarcane Workers with Machetes Raised, Cuba

Accession Number
2012/2.81

Title
Sugarcane Workers with Machetes Raised, Cuba

Artist(s)
Dmitri Baltermants

Artist Nationality
Russian (culture or style)

Object Creation Date
circa 1970s

Medium & Support
gelatin silver print on paper

Dimensions
16 in x 20 in (40.64 cm x 50.8 cm)

Credit Line
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. James Agah, Class of 1989 (BBA)

Subject matter
In this photograph, eight agricultural laborers raise their machetes as they look out toward the viewer; joyous expressions mark many of their faces.  The reason for their celebratory dispositions is ambiguous. These figures take up most of the lower register of the photograph, while the top half is mostly blank, white sky, which is pierced through by the crisscrossing blades of the harvesting implements. 

Physical Description
A line of men in workers' garb raise machetes with joyous expressions on their faces.  

Primary Object Classification
Photograph

Collection Area
Photography

Rights
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Keywords
Cuban
agriculture
laborers
machetes (knives)
men (male humans)
sugarcane (material)

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