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"The heroes are laughing; the rescued man, Peter Byczkowski, is looking pleased and holding a cup."
  • Duane Michals
    born 1932
    born: McKeesport, Pennsylvania, United States
  • "The heroes are laughing; the rescued man, Peter Byczkowski, is looking pleased and holding a cup.", 1965–1967
  • "Nine Heroes,” uncredited author, published in Esquire magazine, September 1967
  • Where object was made: United States
  • gelatin silver print
  • Image Dimensions Height/Width: 33.8 x 49.3 cm
    Image Dimensions Height/Width: 13 5/16 x 19 7/16 in
    Sheet/Paper Dimensions: 41 x 50.7 cm
    Sheet/Paper Dimensions: 16 1/8 x 19 15/16 in
    Mat Dimensions: 32 x 24 in
  • Gift of Esquire, Inc.
  • Not on display
  • 1980.0340
Description

In a suburban backyard, a group of four smiling and laughing men (identified, from left to right, as coal miner William Paul Holena, coal miner Peter Byczkowski, mine inspector Clair S. Sigworth, and Frank Di Andriole) sit or stand behind a table. On the table are a variety of dishes, cutlery, and foods including olives and a bottle of ketchup.