"Welty," an exhibit featuring photographs by Mississippi author and photographer Eudora Welty, was on display through March 25, 2009, on the third floor of Mitchell Memorial Library on the Mississippi State University campus.
During the 1930s, Eudora Welty traveled over her native state of Mississippi as publicist for the WPA, photographing people and scenes of interest to her. A few years later, her writing career was well-launched and her camera was put away. In the 1970s, the photographs were examined for their relationship to Welty’s writing. The juxtaposition of photographs-to-text offers a rare insight into the process of creativity. The scenes that caught Welty’s eye were images that settled into her being and became a source for her literary art. Through the alchemy of Welty’s genius and vision, the images were transformed into lush passages of fiction.
"Welty," an exhibit produced by the Museum of Mississippi History, a division of the Mississippi Department of Archives and History, featured fourteen photographs selected from over 1,200 Welty negatives on file at the MDAH. Paired with Welty’s fiction, this exhibit was literary as well as photographic.
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