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Baptism in Triplett Creek

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Marion Post Wolcott, America, (June 7, 1910–November 24, 1990)
Baptism in Triplett Creek, 1940
Silver gelatin print on paper
11 in. x 14 in. (27.94 cm x 35.56 cm)


Object Type: Photography
Technique: Gelatin silver Process
Credit Line: Gift of the Judith Rothschild Foundation
Accession Number: 2007.3.2


Commentary
During her work in 1938 as a photographer for the Farm Security Administration (FSA), Wolcott photographed life in rural America. As a woman traveling alone in the South, Post Wolcott was in an unusual position, but she faced harsh weather, suspicious locals, and uncomfortable traveling conditions with verve. Baptism in Tripplett Creek conveys the importance of community and religious rituals during a time of upheaval. The elevated, distant perspective of the composition indicates Post Wolcott’s detachment from the scene. The townspeople stand solemnly in their Sunday best, preserving their pride during hard times. Despite the desolation and poverty captured in photographs such as Baptism in Tripplett Creek and Child in doorway of shack of migrant pickers, the inherent humanity of Post Wolcott’s subjects is always emphasized. Jennie Waldow ‘12 Wilson Intern 2011

Marks
Signed on verso.

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