Tuesday, January 27, 2009

On the Horizon: Eudora Welty as Photographer

The latest addition to UPM's imressive list of original works by Eudora Welty is titled Eudora Welty as Photographer. This book is a selection of 43 photographs that provide insight into Welty's artistic vision. Eudora Welty as Photographer will be available from UPM in March.

These 43 photographs, taken in the 1930s and 1940s with three different cameras, illustrate both the formal and narrative skills of framing the world as only a great short story writer could. They show Eudora Welty (1909–2001) ardently pursuing an audience and honing her technique as she worked behind the lens.


Paramount in Eudora Welty as Photographer are the photographs themselves. Only nine have been published previously. The accompanying essays—by Welty scholar Pearl Amelia McHaney; by Chief curator of photography at San Francisco Museum of Modern Art Sandra S. Phillips; and by photographer and photography historian Deborah Willis—describe Welty’s developing aesthetic and her representations of the world as illustrated by the photographs.

Welty took photographs of people, animals, patterns, shadows, and structures—natural and man-made—in Mississippi, Louisiana, New York, and North Carolina. The photographs are paired to contrast and complement, to surprise and suggest, and to please and provoke. Among the photographs in Eudora Welty as Photographer are prints exhibited in Jackson, Mississippi, in 1934; Chapel Hill, North Carolina, in 1935; and in New York City in 1936 and 1937.



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