Notes: Three vintage gelatin silver prints, two 8 by 10s and one 8-1/2 by 11 photographs. The images show Jamaican migrant workers in Florida preparing to return home with large boxes of goods—items purchased stateside and their personal belongings. One man, named Mervin McWon, carries two boom-box-style radios; another photograph depicts two men carrying a heavy cardboard box; the third image shows a parking lot filled with waiting farmworkers and a sea of boxes.
The photographer, Michel duCille (1956–2014), was born in Jamaica and immigrated to the United States as a teenager. He joined the staff of the Miami Herald, from whose archive these photographs are from. He won two Pulitzer Prizes for photography with the Herald, and a third as a photographer for the Washington Post. He died in 2014 while on assignment in Liberia.
Edition + Condition: Images near fine to fine, with handwritten captions, typical press markings, and the photographer's stamp on the back. Rare work from an award-winning African-American photographer.
Publication: (n.d. but mid 1980s).
Item No: #2014