Mar 31, 2022 - Sale 2599

Sale 2599 - Lot 117

Price Realized: $ 5,000
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 4,000 - $ 6,000
Michael Jackson.

Silver print, 1979. 330x368 mm; 14x14 1/4 inches, full margins. Signed, titled and dated in ink, lower margin.

Another print of this photograph is in the permanent collection of the National Museum of African American History & Culture, Washington, DC.

Photographed with a contemplative gaze and stoic pose, Michael Jackson's portrait was taken by Anthony Barboza around Jackson's 21st birthday. In 1980, Barboza published Black Borders, his portrait series of artists, musicians and writers outlined with a distinctive black border that mimics photo negatives.

Barboza began his career in 1964 at the Kamoinge Workshop in New York City, which Roy DeCarava founded the previous year. A self-taught photographer, Barboza opened a commercial studio in 1969, where he has photographed editorial spreads for Newsweek, Life, The New York Times Magazine , Essence and Vogue, among many other publications. In 1974 and 1976, the New York State Council of the Arts awarded Barboza photography grants, and in 1980, he earned one from the National Endowment for the Arts.