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Title: " Plains Images: The Photography of Wright Morris "
Wright Morris began his career as a photographer shortly after he published his first novel, when he realized he was attempting to do with words what it was possible to do with images. Morris believes that objects and places are saturated with a mystic meaning to give out and sees his role as a photographer as trying to capture that meaning. In all of his books there are very few pictures of people. Morris says this is because he prefers photographs of what he calls artifacts, which often reveal more about a person than his/her appearance would. By way of example, he shows a photograph of a kitchen chair, and says that it presents a faculty for survival, a capacity to endure, which might not be apparent in a photograph of the person who owns and uses the chair. While viewing a photograph of a ramshackle house standing alone on a snow covered plain, he describes the house s a composite image of the experience of the area. The house is in Morris' native Nebraska. He feels that the most poignant photographs are those where the photographer is unknown, because that gives the sense that the photograph exists without human intervention. It is almost as if the viewer is looking through a chink in time at life itself. Morris says that all too often people pay more attention to the fact that a picture was taken by Curtis or Steiglitz than to the photograph itself.
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Production Date: 1980
Length: 30 minutes
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