“Welty,” an exhibit featuring photographs by Eudora Welty, is a collection of fourteen photographs 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. It is an opportunity to see how a single sensibility uses two media of expression. 


During the 1930s, Eudora Welty traveled over her native state of Mississippi as publicist for the Works Progress Administration (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 1970s that the photographs were examined for their relationship to Welty’s writings. 


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 settled 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 public is invited to view the exhibit at the Richland Library on 370 Scarbrough Street. Admission is free.


“Welty” will be open to the public through Wednesday, May 18, on the following schedule: Mondays from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; and Fridays and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.


For additional information, contact Stephanie Ward with the City of Richland, at 601-420-1530 or sward@richlandms.com.


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