|Dimensions||Image (size of each image): 3 1/8 x 3 1/8 in. (8 x 7.9 cm)
Paper: 3 1/8 x 6 1/8 in. (8 x 15.6 cm)
Mount: 3 7/16 x 6 15/16 in. (8.7 x 17.6 cm)
|Print medium||Photo-Albumen silver-Stereograph|
Like the stereograph of "Sweeps" (424.1990), this staged studio image plays on the exotic and humorous aspects of African American child labor. Here, a boy and girl are engaged in different forms of low-level manual labor, turned to the side as they carry their loads to their destination. The image's title defines the subjects by their tasks-carrying wood and oysters-and their youth consolidates the perception of blacks as well-suited for menial work even as children. By dressing the boy and girl as adults and using skillful composition, the image presents black labor as a source of sentimental and aesthetic contemplation.
Gift of Daniel Cowin, 1990