Wright Morris - The Inhabitants

  • Hardcover, First Edition
  • Da Capo, 1972
  • Condition: Very Good in Good Jacket. Book shows some rubbing to board edges and minor discolouration to pages. Jacket shows rubbing and shelf wear, with some chips and tears to top edge, one chip to lower back edge of jacket. Crease across jacket front. Jacket in protective, backed plastic jacket.
  • Scarce

Wright Morris: The Inhabitants Wright Morris (1910-1998) was a renowned writer and affective photographer. Pairing photographs with his own writing, Morris pioneered a new tradition of "photo-texts" in the 1940s that proved highly influential to future photographers. Devoid of figures, his photographs depict everyday objects and atmosphere. Morris's poetic images exist in a fictional narrative, but reference documentary style. Born in Nebraska, Morris attended Pomona College in Claremont, California. After graduation he traveled throughout Europe, purchasing his first camera in Vienna. Morris returned to California in 1934 determined to become a writer, but also continued to photograph. In 1935, he bought a Rolleiflex camera and began photographing extensively. Morris first exhibited his photo-texts in 1940, at the New School for Social Research in New York. This same year the Museum of Modern Art purchased prints for their collection and New Directions published images that would become his first book. In 1942, Morris received the first of his three Guggenheim Fellowships, funding the completion of The Inhabitants. Published by Scribners, The Inhabitants (1946) documented domestic scenes of the South, Midwest, and Southwest and although visually influential enjoyed little financial success. (Center for Creative Photography, Univ of Arizona website)

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