AMORY – Shadows, patterns of light and faces of unknown peopl

AMORY – Shadows, patterns of light and faces of unknown people are captured in a collection of photographs by Pulitzer-Prize-winning author Eudora Welty.

Twenty-two of the Mississippi writer’s black-and-white photographs are on exhibit through March 31 at the Amory Museum, located on Third Street and Eighth Avenue. There is no charge to view these photographs Welty took in the 1930s.

The exhibit features photographs from New Orleans and New York.

During the winter of 1938-1939, Welty spent several weeks in Manhattan, wandering through Union Square and down Third Avenue. It is in these areas that she photographed the shadows and patterns of light on the elevated subway, the streets underneath and groups of unemployed people who gathered to hear speeches and wait for jobs.

Her New Orleans photographs were taken during 1936 and offer a contrasting mood. Welty concentrated on Mardi Gras celebrations that went on despite the Depression. Ignoring the traditional parades and festive balls, Welty wandered through the streets of the French Quarter, where gestures, ironic juxtapositions and human interactions and relationships caught her eye.

The exhibit was produced by the Old Capital Museum in Jackson and is sponsored in part by the Mississippi Arts Commission. The photographs are from the Welty Collection of the Mississippi Department of Archives and History.

For more information about the Welty Exhibit at the Amory Library, call (601) 256-2761.

Eileen Bailey

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