Larry Fink, Many Shades of Concern, Washington, August 28, 1963
On 28th August 1963, more than 2,000 buses, 21 chartered trains, 10 chartered airliners, plus a huge number of cars, all converged on Washington D.C. All regularly scheduled planes, trains, and buses were also filled to capacity.
The March on Washington – or March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, to give it it’s full title – attracted a quarter of a million people, including Harry Belafonte, Sidney Poitier, James Baldwin, Marlon Brando, Judy Garland and Sammy Davis, Jr. It was the first time in the history of the United States that a political event of such size had been initiated and mobilised by African Americans.
My thoughts and heart are with the protesters. There was a time when I wouldn’t miss a demonstration for anything. I’m in the studio going through vintage negatives and wishing that the change that was needed then would not be needed now. Persist.
Larry Fink, July 2020
Dr Martin Luther King closed the march with his era-defining ‘I Have A Dream’ speech.
Following the recently offered prints of Aria Isadora’s March on Manhattan image, David Hill Gallery and Carrie Scott are working with Larry Fink to release prints of Many Shades of Concern, Washington, August 28, 1963. In the composition, a southern sharecropper takes center stage. His stature and stance, flanked on either side by billowing American flags, is totemic. He is powerful in his determination, his back turned against the accepted symbol of the so-called “American Dream” just as society has turned its back to him. 57 years later, Americans like him are still waiting for the change to come.
100% of net income will go to The Until Freedom organisation, as per the wishes of the artist, Carrie Scott and David Hill. Neither the artist nor the dealers will profit from print sales.
Many Shades of Concern, Washington, August 28, 1963 is available in two sizes:
– 9 x 12 in. (23 x 30.5 cm) Baryta print, stamped with the artist’s signature, in open, unlimited, edition at GBP £100, including VAT, unframed
– 16 x 20 in. (40 x 50 cm) silver gelatin exhibition print, signed by the artist and numbered, in an edition of eight. These prints are priced at £5,000, including VAT, unframed
Until Freedom is a social justice organisation working to address systemic and racial injustice. The founders and leaders of Until Freedom have a proven track record of over two decades of collective work in criminal justice reform, gun violence prevention, immigrant rights, and cultural engagement. In the words of Until Freedom, ‘Everyone is worthy, everyone is needed to win’.
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