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Wright Morris (American, 1910-1998)

A writer and photographer, Wright Morris is the creator of the "photo-text." His series The Inhabitants, photographs paired with fictional texts, began in 1938 as he traveled through the East and was moved by artifacts from the past. In 1940, Morris traveled the South, continuing his project on small towns, urban America and the open road. The Nebraska native worked briefly for the FSA before traveling to California in 1942, and completed The Inhabitants (published 1946) with a Guggenheim award. Other photo-texts include The Home Place (1948), God's Country and My People (1968) and Love Affair; A Venetian Journal (1972).
- Marjorie Young

Selected Bibliography
Morris, Wright. Origin of a Species. Pilolips, Sandra S., and Sarkowski, John, eds. San Francisco: Museum of Modern Art, 1992.

Morris, Wright. Time Pieces: Photographs, Writing and Memory. New York: Aperture, 1989.

Morris, Wright. Photographs and Words. Introduction by James Alinder. San Francisco: Friends of Photography, with Matrix Publications, 1982.


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