Eudora Welty in New York

Photographs from the 1930s

November 7, 2008 - February 16, 2009

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Photographs from one of the great authors of the 20th century.

Eudora Welty (1909-2001) is acknowledged as one of the great authors of the 20th century and in more recent years her talent as a photographer has been recognized. Eudora Welty in New York: Photographs of the Early 1930s features 50 black-and-white photographs from her home state of Mississippi that constitute a near complete re-creation of her first solo exhibition held in 1936 at the Photographic Galleries of Lugene Opticians in New York City. The recreation is supplemented with eleven of Welty’s photographs taken in New York City. Together these photographs capture America in the depths of the Great Depression revealing a compassion and sensitivity towards her subject that also became a hallmark of her writing.

The exhibition is the first in a year-long celebration of the centennial of Eudora Welty's birth. For more information, visit

Eudora Welty, HOME BY DARK, 1931-1935. Gelatin silver print. © Eudora Welty, LLC


The exhibition is made possible by the generous assistance of Mr. and Mrs. Stuart M. Irby, Sr., the Eudora Welty Foundation, Mississippi Development Authority/Tourism Division, Mr. and Mrs. W. Patrick McMullan III, Mississippi Arts Commission and Mississippi Department of Archives and History. Additional support is provided by Mr. Marshall Bennett, Crawford Doyle Charitable Foundation, Mr. Gene Dattel, Mr. and Mrs. E.B. Robinson, and StateStreet Group, LLC. The exhibition chair is Bruno A. Quinson, a member of the Board of Trustees of the Museum of the City of New York and a Eudora Welty Foundation national advisory board member.

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