What jumps out of this image isn’t quite so much the segregation itself; but that the separate water fountains each group of people are supposed to be using are interconnected. They are conjoined by one pipe which in my opinion defeats the purpose of segregation. This is the punctum. The studium in this photograph is the segregation it is supposed to represent. It jumps out at me but doesn't wound me as the punctum would. Barthes helps me to better grasp what I’m looking at. If I had seen this photograph before I had known who Barthes was I don’t think I would have perceived this photo as I did.
- A pipe connecting two waterfountains for whites and coloreds that are two feet apart.
- Elliott Erwitt/Magnum Photos
Taken 1950 Viewed 9/9/07
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