Eudora Welty's Photographs, originally published in 1989, serves as the definitive book of the critically acclaimed writer's photographs. Her camera's viewfinder captured deep compassion and her artist's sensibilities. Photographs is a deeply felt documentation of 1930s Mississippi taken by a keenly observant photographer who showed the human side of her subjects. Also included in the book are pictures from Welty's travels to New York, New Orleans, South Carolina, Mexico, and Europe in the 1930s, '40s, and '50s. The photographs in this edition are new digital scans of Welty's original negatives and authentic prints, restoring the images to their original glory. It also features sixteen additional images, several of which were selected by Welty for her 1936 photography exhibit in New York City and have never before been reproduced for publication, along with a resonant, new foreword by Pulitzer Prize-winning writer and Mississippi native Natasha Trethewey.
Welcome both as the definitive collection of Welty's pictures and as an important part of her career: the foundation upon which the great edifice was built.--Washington Post Book World Welty's portraits uncovered dignity and even joy in these hard years.--People Weekly Her literary legacy--not only her stories but her novels, essays, and reviews--traces the full arc of a writer's imagination. But the pictures bring us back to the time and the place it all began.--Smithsonian Welty captured a way of life in spontaneous scenes as lyrical and atmospheric as her fiction.--Chicago Tribune We are better too for the soft still moments, the occasional humor, the quiet inarticulateness of many of the faces Eudora Welty has shared with us from her family album; and we remain grateful for her enduring consummate artistic honesty.--Sewanee Review This album of her black-and-white shots reveals a sensitivity to place augmented by a keen eye for drama.--Booklist Reynolds Price, who wrote the foreword, detects in her short stories and novels the same 'instant indelible force' that we hope to find in a photograph--and do, in Ms. Welty's. . . . Above all, Ms. Welty stresses the importance of the subjects of her photographs.--New York Times Thirty years after its publication, this defining monograph of the writer's photography has been revivified, thanks to digital scans of Welty's work. A new foreword by Natasha Trethewey joins Reynolds Price's original.--The New York Times Book Review, 5/17/2019