Navajo Elder - 1967
Because Barry spent so much time in the northern part of the state, Hopis and Navajos served as his most frequent Native subjects. He respected their ways and customs to the extent that he made a deliberate effort to record their historic transition to modernity, often with mixed emotions. Later in life, he acknowledged that he “liked the Navajo reservation in the 1920s and 1930s” but he was hesitant to begrudge the transition for it meant a better life and greater opportunity for the Indians.
The distinguished face of this Navajo man is one of many contextual character studies he engineered of Native faces across time, distance and unprecedented socio-economic and political change.