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If exposure is essential, still more so is the reflection.

Eudora Welty

Eudora Welty circa 1941  

In the Foreword to One Time, One Place.

Photo taken by Eudora Welty"A snapshot's now or never," recalled Eudora Welty about her photos of the 1930s South. The writer's Great Depression "snapshots" were published in an American chronicle entitled One Time, One Place. Curated and organized by The Museum of Mobile from the writer's original negatives, Eudora Welty, Exposures and Reflections is a landmark exhibit of the photos developed in partnership by the Museum with the Southern Literary Trail and the Alabama Humanities Foundation.

A similar exhibit of Eudora Welty's photographs attracted 65,000 visitors to the Museum for the City of New York during 2009, her centennial year. Exposures and Reflections signifies the first Photo taken by Eudora Weltytraveling exhibition of Welty's photographic work through her home region of Alabama, Georgia and Mississippi.

In an interview by The Color Purple's author Alice Walker in 1973, Welty said, "My tendency is to believe that all experience is an enrichment instead of an impoverishment. My own relationships with people are the things that mean the most to me." This exhibit also represents a first effort to create a stronger tie - a relationship - between Welty's photographic images of the South and her complex written works. Welty took the photographs before her fame as an author and during her job as a Junior Publicity Agent for the Works Progress Administration (WPA).

Originating in Mobile on September 2, 2010, and traveling along the Southern Literary Trail through autumn 2011, Eudora Welty, Exposures and Reflections leads audiences on a unique journey to another time and another place with 40 of her photographs, her classic prose, and a contemporary look into Welty's life as writer and Southerner. 


> View Exposures and Reflections: The Curator's Comments
> View Exposures and Reflections: Host Museums and Dates
> View Jackson: Eudora Welty, Richard Wright & Margaret W. Alexander

All photographs are printed by permission of Eudora Welty, LLC, and the Eudora Welty Collection, Mississippi Department of Archives and History.