Lou Ambers Tips His Hat

Author

Fisher, Alan

Genre

Article/Essay

Overview

In this 1935 photograph, Alan Fisher depicts a man, Lou Ambers, tipping his hat as he accepts a sandwich from a hand reaching out of a doorway. This photograph inspires discussion about service – both those who are serving and those who are being served.

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Type

Image

Themes

Connection and RelationshipJustice and EqualityPoverty and NeedPower and PrivilegeServing and VolunteeringSocial and Political ChangeSpeech and Expression

Big Questions

Do acts of service lead to social change?Is my service effective? How do I know?

Sample Discussion Questions

  1. What is one word that comes to you as you look at this image?
  2. What is one question that this image provokes?
  3. How would you describe the look on the man's face?
  4. Does there appear to be a connection between Lou Ambers and the person serving him? Why or why not?
  5. How would you describe this interaction? Is it service or something else?
  6. Is this an equal exchange? Why or why not?
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