Restaurant Window, South Carolina

Peter Sekaer American, born Denmark

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To visualize the toll of the Great Depression, Sekaer sought out people at the margins of American life. Here, he photographs through the window of a segregated restaurant in South Carolina, exchanging glances with a woman inside. The commercial graphics disrupting her view would have appealed to Sekaer, a former sign painter. Yet these compositional impediments signal a greater social barrier between artist and subject, which the photograph seeks to reveal.

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