Capturing the Gesture

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“Life doesn’t hold still…Making pictures of people in all sorts of situations, I learned that every feeling waits upon its gesture; and I had to be prepared to recognize this moment when I saw it.” Eudora Welty 

 

Eudora Welty began her artistic journey as a photographer of her native Mississippi before going on to become one of our grande dames of American letters – winner of a Pulitzer Prize, National Book Critics Circle Award, several O Henry Awards, and the Medal of Freedom. She captured the life and times of the working poor during the hard years of the Great Depression and the realities of life for blacks in the days before the civil rights movement – all with great empathy and an understated voice saying ‘look, this is important’.