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​Eudora Welty’s Women

Artwork: Eudora Welty (1909-2001), Old midwife (Ida M’Toy), Jackson, 1936 negative, contemporary print. gelatin silver print. Collection of the Mississippi Museum of Art, Jackson. Purchase, with funds from Mary Mhoon Endowment, 1981.250. Copyright ©Eudora Welty, LLC; Courtesy Eudora Welty Collection – Mississippi Department of Archives and History.

The photographs taken by Eudora Welty (1909-2001) more than years ago are a testament to the endurance of people during the Great Depression and to Welty’s abilities as a photographer. This exhibition takes a closer look at the women who caught her eye, from carefully-posed and stoic figures to candid shots of everyday life during the Great Depression. One of Welty’s strengths as a photographer was her ability to capture real moments in life. She photographed women, men, and children sympathetically and unerringly. Though she did not necessarily show a preference towards women as her subjects, many of her most iconic photographs feature women and groups of women. Their sense of community went in tandem with their independence and strength during the Great Depression, perhaps reflecting Welty’s own foray into the professional world during a time of uncertainty and unrest.