Construction Workers American Exchange Panama Ernest Hallen
Panama -- Central America -- Panama Canal Zone
This photograph features a man, who is assumed to be a White supervisor, in the foreground and a mixture of Black people (possibly West Indian or African American) as onlookers and workers in the background. The man who is presumably White is the subject even though most of the men are aware of the fact that they are being photographed. The White man is standing separated from the rest of the workers.
Item received on 3/25/2011
This photograph was taken by Ernest Hallen, which is signified by the black strip at the bottom of the photograph. Hallen was the official photographer of the American Panama Canal project. Hallen's mission was to remain as objective as possible and to avoid making any kind of personal statement through his work; he only wished to portray things as how he saw them.
Research and additional metadata (metadata is the citation information, including the alternate title, abstract, subject terms, abstract, added notes, and other item information) written and contributed in May 2014 by Amelie Steer for course: “Panama Silver, Asian Gold: Migration, Money, and the Making of the Modern Caribbean” (Spring 2014, taught by Leah Rosenberg at the University of Florida).
Panama Canal Museum Collection at the University of Florida
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