Self-Portraits From Black Photographers Reflecting on America

"I’ve found strength in being able to hold and see myself at this moment in time."

Self-Portraits From Black Photographers Reflecting on America

Honoring Black Artists in Light and Shadow

Anthony Barboza’s 1970s portraits of writers, musicians and dancers pay tribute to the figures who influenced him.

To understand Anthony Barboza’s portraits, start with the photograph of Michael Jackson taken around Jackson’s 21st birthday. Mr. Barboza, who is now 73, had just finished shooting the singer in color for a magazine assignment, and he wanted to add some images for himself. He said he saw Jackson as a child, so he arranged the lighting and backdrop to cast a shadow version of the pop star with his feet up, like a little boy on a jungle gym. In the foreground, Mr. Jackson’s feet are out of the frame, and his face is stoic adult.