Hendricks worked consistently as a photographer beginning in the mid 1960s, and while at Yale University from 1970-1972 he studied with the acclaimed photographer Walker Evans.

Taken in Hendricks’ hometown of Philadelphia, “Soul Man” embodies many of the central traits of Hendricks' work. Formal balance, unique cropping and attention to light and reflection are characteristics found in both his paintings and photographs. It also demonstrates his broader interest in American realism, portraiture, landscape, social engagement and humor.


  • Title: Soul Man
  • Creator: Barkley L. Hendricks
  • Creator Birth Place: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Date Created: 1978
  • Location: Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University
  • Physical Dimensions: 30 × 20 inches (76.2 × 50.8 cm)
  • Type: Photograph
  • Publisher: Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University
  • Rights: © Estate of Barkley L. Hendricks
  • External Link: https://nasher.duke.edu/exhibitions/barkley-l-hendricks-works-collection/
  • Medium: Digital chromogenic print on Kodak Endura Matte paper
  • Art Form: Photography
  • Credit Line: Collection of the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University, Durham, North Carolina. Gift of the artist and Jack Shainman Gallery, New York. Courtesy of Jack Shainman Gallery, New York.

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