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Steve Guy and Family

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Alfred A. Monner, Steve Guy and Family, 1953, gelatin silver print, Museum Purchase: Caroline Ladd Pratt Fund, © Estate of Alfred A. Monner, 79.12.4

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Title

Steve Guy and Family

Artist

Alfred A. Monner (American, 1909-1998)

Date

1953

Medium

gelatin silver print

Dimensions (H x W x D)

image/sheet: 7 9/16 in x 9 9/16 in

Inscriptions & Markings

title: Steve Guy and Family, graphite, bottom left below image

signature: AA Monner, graphite, bottom right below image

Collection Area

Photography; Northwest Art

Category

Photographs

Object Type

photograph

Culture

American

Credit Line

Museum Purchase: Caroline Ladd Pratt Fund

Accession Number

79.12.4

Copyright

© Estate of Alfred A. Monner

Terms

children

gelatin silver prints

photographs

portraits

Description

Between 1952 and 1967, Alfred A. Monner, a photographer for the Oregon Journal, extensively documented Portland’s Romany (also referred to as Gypsy) community. These families had immigrated during the 1940s to the Pacific Northwest to work in the shipyards and were ostracized because of their unusual language, dress, and traditions. Monner was granted an unusual amount of access to the small Romany enclaves situated north of West Burnside Street and along Southwest First and Second streets. The rigid formality of Monner’s portrait betrays his subjects’ wariness of the outsider in their midst, and yet the image provides a rare glimpse into a world closed off from mainstream society.

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