Abandoned House from the series The Inhabitants

1940–41


Dimensions

Image: 19.9 x 24.1 cm (7 13/16 x 9 1/2 in.) Mount: 40.6 x 50.8 cm (16 x 20 in.)

Accession Number

1994.243

Medium or Technique

Photograph, gelatin silver print, ferrotyped

Not On View

Collections

Americas, Photography

Classifications

Photographs

Note: This photograph was mounted and text taped to mount to promote the book The Inhabitants to prospective publishers. When the book was published in 1946, this text and photograph were combined with other images and texts, although both were included. Print, ferrotyped, mounted to medium-weight off-white wove paper with text typed by W. Morris taped to recto.


During the 1930s and 1940s, Wright Morris made photographs of simple buildings such as farmhouses, barns, and small-town businesses set in the surrounding landscape of rural Nebraska, where he grew up. Morris, who was a writer as well as a photographer, paired pictures like Abandoned House with narrative texts in his book The Inhabitants (1946). He obviously felt affection for the austere house and bleak landscape of the Midwestern plains and admired the ability of the photograph to describe the quotidian details of the setting in the same way that his writings gave voice to the people who lived there.

Inscription

On mount, below image, l. r., in black ink: Wright Morris.

Provenance

Page Imageworks, San Francisco, CA; purchased October 1994.

Credit Line

Charles Amos Cummings Fund

Copyright

© 2003 Center for Creative Photography, Arizona Board of Regents