I’ve always said Hugh Mangum was ahead of his time. Made c. 1900 this photograph carries the rhythm of the present. A visual gem in the archive in terms of technique, it finds its way to the heart of Mangum’s work, which is about futures and living a life
It’s impossible for me not to wonder about this woman, the only woman wearing sequins in Mangum’s archive. What was her name? What did she stand for? What loves, losses, ideas, did she carry behind that steady gaze?
From “Photos Day or Night: The Archive of Hugh Mangum,” by Sarah Stacke with texts by Maurice Wallace and Martha Sumler. Published by @redhookeditions and designed by @bonniebriant. Link in bio.