This photo by Richard Avedon was taken in Sweetwater, Texas, March 10, 1979. He was well known for his portraiture due to the contrast and quality of pictures because the older model camera he used, which was a 8×10 Deardorff. He chose to photograph working class people in the western United States instead of the idolized cowboys and pretty women.
An important aspect of the photo is the title that includes the boy’s name, Boyd Fortin, which respects his identity. The picture shows a young boy with a snake that he is almost done skinning. He has a blood-stained apron on with a black shirt underneath. His left hand is wrapped in snake intestines that stretch out across his torso up to where his right hand is holding the end of the snake. His body language suggests that he is showing the snake off. The expression on his face in blank and is not fazed by the dead animal. Through this image, Avedon wanted to show Americans the circumstances that their neighbors go through. His goal was to have people see their children in the eyes of Boyd. During this time many products in America were produced by people and resources in the west, but these people were no acknowledged. The snake skin represents the shoes or the belt that a wealthy businessman would wear and how interconnected it is with the oppressed classes.