What to Read: PHOTOGRAPHS

May 17, 2019

PHOTOGRAPHS

BY EUDORA WELTY

 

Photographs is a re-printing of her 1989 photographic book with a new forward by former Mississippi Poet Laureate and award-winning writer Natasha Trethewey, and the original forward by Reynolds Price. The photos span the 1930s through the 1950s. Trethewey writes, “Though things were changing, the remnants of the Jim Crow World my grandmother had grown up in, the world Welty had photographed, were everywhere around us.” Then she quotes Welty on the motivation for her photographs, “Poverty in Mississippi, white and black, really didn’t have much to do with the Depression. It was ongoing. Mississippi was long since poor, long devastated. I took the pictures of our poverty because that was reality, and I was recording it.” The photographs depict every facet of daily life in impoverished Mississippi, but there are also photos of her travels to New York, New Orleans, South Carolina, Mexico and Europe. There are also a dozen never before published photographs.

 

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