Ernest Cole Untitled c. 1970

  • Not on view

Soon after House of Bondage was published in 1967, Cole secured a fellowship from the Ford Foundation to photograph the urban and rural United States. He traveled around the country but lived primarily in New York. His photographs from Harlem show his interest in the rhythms of daily life and gatherings like church services, musical performances, and protests. Struck by the racism he witnessed and faced in the US, Cole later drew parallels between the experiences of Black people here and in South Africa. He wrote that his pictures in House of Bondage might “explain why, of all countries, I should feel somewhat at home in the United States.”

Gallery label from 2023
Medium
Gelatin silver print
Dimensions
7 5/8 × 11 13/16" (19.4 × 30 cm)
Credit
Acquired through the generosity of Thomas and Susan Dunn
Object number
310.2019
Copyright
© 2024 Ernest Cole/Magnum Photos
Department
Photography
Licensing

If you would like to reproduce an image of a work of art in MoMA’s collection, or an image of a MoMA publication or archival material (including installation views, checklists, and press releases), please contact Art Resource (publication in North America) or Scala Archives (publication in all other geographic locations).

MoMA licenses archival audio and select out of copyright film clips from our film collection. At this time, MoMA produced video cannot be licensed by MoMA/Scala. All requests to license archival audio or out of copyright film clips should be addressed to Scala Archives at [email protected]. Motion picture film stills cannot be licensed by MoMA/Scala. For access to motion picture film stills for research purposes, please contact the Film Study Center at [email protected]. For more information about film loans and our Circulating Film and Video Library, please visit https://www.moma.org/research/circulating-film.

If you would like to reproduce text from a MoMA publication, please email [email protected]. If you would like to publish text from MoMA’s archival materials, please fill out this permission form and send to [email protected].

Feedback

This record is a work in progress. If you have additional information or spotted an error, please send feedback to [email protected].