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Going to Town, Utica, Mississippi

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Eudora Welty
American, (active 1909–2001)

Going to Town, Utica, Mississippi

negative about 1935; printed 1997
From the series, Home Places: 5 Photographs by Eudora Welty

Object Type: Photograph
Creation Place: North America, American, Mississippi
6 1/2 in. x 11 1/16 in. (16.51 cm x 28.1 cm)
Medium and Support: Gelatin silver print on paper
Accession Number: 1997.0009.0005

Credit Line: Gift of Mr. and Mrs. James M. Scott

In 1997, the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts acquired five of Welty's images. Welty herself selected the work, which was offered in the later 1990’s as part of a 5 image set, sold by the Mississippi Department of Archives and History. The portfolio, entitled the Home Places: Photographs by Eudora Welty, consists of five contemporary prints from vintage negatives Eudora Welty made with her personal camera. The images, Pigs and Sheets, Jackson; Man with Watermelons; Saturday Off, Jackson; Girl Dancing, Jackson; and Going to Town, Utica, were selected with the assistance of Patti Black, the former director of the Mississippi State Archives, and printed in an edition of 300 by James Patterson. While the portfolio has yet to fully sell out, the Eudora Welty Foundation, which receives all of the proceeds of the photographic sales, has scheduled a second edition printing of the series. They have also released a limited edition print of her image “Window Shopping”.

All of the images being offered for sale were from the period just before her commitment to writing full time, and just after the start of the depression. These photos demonstrate the snapshot style for which Welty has been commended. The image Going to Town, Utica, Mississippi was published in Welty’s book Eudora Welty: Photographs, and fits with the candid style photographs that she commented on taking in her book One Time, One Place: Mississippi in the Depression.

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