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Mugshot Study


This portrait is based on a mugshot that Wiley chanced to find in the streets of Harlem. In his depiction of the subject Wiley emphasizes his vulnerability—a harsh contrast to, and indictment of, the media’s stereotypical representations of black men as hardened criminals.

In this video, visit the studio and hear Wiley discuss his reaction upon finding the mugshot photograph.