James M. Goins. Untitled. c. 1888-89

James M. Goins Untitled c. 1888-89

  • MoMA, Floor 2, 214

Cabinet cards were a popular form of portraiture at the turn of the century; typically for display in parlors, they were made by mounting photographs to cardstock. While most of the portraits here were taken by unidentified photographers, this cabinet card was produced in the studio of James M. Goins. Goins, a Black photographer based in the Midwest through the late 1880s, likely learned the craft from his one-time employer James P. Ball, a prominent African American daguerreotypist and abolitionist.

Gallery label from 2022
Albumen silver print
Approx. 6 1/2 × 4 1/2" (16.5 × 11.4 cm)
Gift of Peter J. Cohen
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