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Confessional, Czestochowa, Poland
  • Elliott Erwitt
    born 1928
    born: Paris, France
  • Confessional, Czestochowa, Poland, 1964
  • Photographs Elliott Erwitt
  • Where object was made: Czestochowa, Poland
  • gelatin silver print
  • Image Dimensions Height/Width: 16.1 x 24 cm
    Image Dimensions Height/Width: 6 5/16 x 9 7/16 in
    Mat Dimensions: 11 x 14 in
  • Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Frederick M. Myers
  • Not on display
  • 1979.0142

Black-and-white image of figures in an outdoor setting, waiting in line next to a priest inside a confessional. The confessional, on the left side of the image, is a dark, wooden structure with the doors open so that the priest is visible, facing the viewer. There is a figure, dressed in dark clothing, leaning toward the side of the confessional, who is partially covered by the open door of the structure. The ground is made of stone tiles, and there is a line of men and women standing in a line, next to a building that is behind the confessional. The priest is wearing long, dark robes, and there is a long sash around his neck that is decorated with a cross.