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Shawn Walker captured hope in 70s Harlem

Shawn W. Walker (b. 1940), Street Scene, Gelatin silver print flush mounted to board, 1965

Coming of age in Harlem during the 1940s and 50s, photographer Shawn W. Walker was a quintessential New York City kid who learned to move fluidly between different worlds from a young age. Shawn’s parents moved north during the Great Migration to create a better life for themselves, making a home for their two boys on 117th Street.

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