Earlie Hudnall, Jr.
Wheels Earlie Hudnall, Jr. 1993, Gelatin silver photograph
For years, Earlie Hudnall, Jr.’s iconic photographs have captured everyday life in Southern black communities. On view October 27, 2020 – January 3, 2021 in the Museum’s Moral Choices Hall, the stunning black and white images featured in Archetype of My Childhood: Houston Photographs by Earlie Hudnall, Jr. offer snapshots of Galveston and Houston’s 3rd and 4th Wards during the 1970s, ‘80s and ‘90s.
About Earlie Hudnall, Jr.
Born and raised in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, Hudnall’s sense of community within his family and that of the African-American culture is what helped shape his work as an artist. Hudnall began photographing while serving as a Marine in the Vietnam War in the 1960s. In 1968, he relocated to Houston to attend Texas Southern University and received his BA in Art Education. There he found the encouragement to continue photographing his subject matter of the everyday for African-Americans in the South. Hudnall made Houston his permanent home and has been working as the university photographer at Texas Southern University since 1990. His photographs can be found in the Smithsonian, Museum of Fine Arts Houston and in private collections across the world.