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Welty photo exhibit comes to Corinth
by Jebb Johnston
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Museum Executive Director Brandy Steen shows one of the panels featured in the traveling exhibit of Mississippi photographs by Eudora Welty. / Staff photo by Jebb Johnston
Museum Executive Director Brandy Steen shows one of the panels featured in the traveling exhibit of Mississippi photographs by Eudora Welty. / Staff photo by Jebb Johnston
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Eudora Welty is known for capturing a vivid portrait of the deep South in her writing.

But she also captured the region’s telling details behind the camera lens. The Crossroads Museum is hosting the “Welty” traveling exhibit, which combines words and images of the 1973 Pulitzer Prize winner. It is the first appearance in north Mississippi of the collection, which was produced by the Museum Division of the Mississippi Department of Archives and History.

“Many people associate her with her stories, and some people don’t realize that she took a lot of photographs,” said Museum Director Brandy Steen. “These photos are all from the 1930s in Mississippi.”

Welty traveled the state during that decade as a publicist for the Works Progress Administration, photographing scenes and people that interested her. A few years later, her writing career took off and became her focus. In the 1970s, admirers of her work began to examine the relationship between the photos and her writing.

The exhibited photos were chosen from more than 1,200 Welty negatives on file at Archives and History. Passages from her writing are combined with the photos to illustrate how the images she captured would later inform her literary technique.

The quoted passages are from books such as “The Wide Net,” “Delta Wedding” and “The Golden Apples.”

While people are the main focus of the exhibited black and white photos, there are images of the Windsor ruins and the early days of the Natchez Trace.

“We think it’s a nice, relaxing exhibit where people can enjoy these classic photos of another era in Mississippi,” said Steen.

The 14 panels of photos and poems will show in Corinth through July 18.

Hours at the depot museum at 221 North Fillmore Street are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday.
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