Barbara Morgan (American, 1900-1992)
Martha Graham Letter to the World, 1940
gelatin silver print
Williams College Museum of Art,
Museum purchase, Miscellaneous Gifts Fund

The dance portrayed in this beautiful photo by Barbara Morgan, was choreographed by Martha Graham in 1940. Titled Letter to the World, it was part of her “Americana Period“, and was inspired by poet, Emily Dickinson.

Morgan worked closely with Graham for several years, and was also the official photographer of the Bennington Summer School of Dance, which was the location of the premiere of Letter to the World .

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