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Lynching, Springfield Misssouri
Gelatin silver print, brown-toned
14 x 10 7/8 in
Larry Gottheim, Be-hold, Inc
Courtesy of Larry Gottheim - Be-Hold (53 / 93)
No maker indicated, but "Springfield MO" written in pencil on verso. [à] There was a "race riot" and a series of lynchings in Springfield in 1906, but there were lynchings there at other times as well, so I haven't been able to place this in a specific time. What is most striking and important about this photograph is that it well shows the horror of the event -- it is even a kind of death portrait of the victim, including the spectators below-- but it is also a carefully composed pictorialist photograph.