"Welty," a traveling exhibit from the Mississippi Department of Archives and History featuring photographs by Eudora Welty, opens September 2 and will show through October 28 on the second floor of Mitchell Memorial Library.
During the 1930's, Eudora Welty traveled over her native state of Mississippi as publicist for the WPA, photographing scenes and people that interested her. A few years later her writing career was well-launched and her camera put away. It was not until the 1970's that 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 the photographer's eye were images that settles into her being and became a source of her literary art. Through the alchemy of Welty's genius and vision the images were transformed into lush passages of fiction.
The exhibit of fourteen photographs was selected from over 1,200 Welty negatives on file in the Mississippi Department of Archives and History. The use of Welty's fiction makes this a literary as well as a photographic exhibition, an opportunity to see how a single sensibility uses two media of expression.
The public is invited to view "Welty," an exhibit produced by the Museum Division of the Mississippi Department of Archives and History. For more information about the Traveling Exhibits Program, contact the Museum Division at 601-576-6997.
For more information on this and other exhibits and events at Mitchell Memorial Library, please visit library.msstate.edu or call 662-325-7668.