Martha Graham, Letter to the World (The Kick)
Barbara Morgan
Martha Graham, Letter to the World (The Kick)
Silver Gelatin Photograph
1940, printed c. 1980
17 1/8 x 21 5/8 inches

Signed, titled, and dated in pencil on the mount recto; signed, titled, and dated in ink verso.

Barbara Morgan - Martha Graham- El Penitente- Erick Hawkins, El Flagellant
Barbara Morgan
Martha Graham- El Penitente- Erick Hawkins, El Flagellant
Silver Gelatin Photograph
1940, Printed Later
13 1/8 x 10 1/8 inches, Mounted on 20 x 16 inches board

Signed, titled, and dated on mount recto. Signed, titled, dated, artist stamp, and copyright information on mount verso. Artist notations in ink on verso.

Barbara Morgan - Martha Graham, Letter to the World (Swirl)
Barbara Morgan
Martha Graham, Letter to the World (Swirl)
Silver Gelatin Photograph
1940, Printed 1980
13 3/8 x 15 3/8 inches

Signed, artist's copyright stamp, titled and dated on verso.

Barbara Morgan - Jose Limon, Mexican Suite (Peon)
Barbara Morgan
Jose Limon, Mexican Suite (Peon)
Silver Gelatin Photograph
1944, Printed Later
10 x 13 3/8 inches, mounted on 16 x 20 board

Signed and dated on mount's recto.

Barbara Morgan - Valerie Bettis, The Desperate Heart
Barbara Morgan
Valerie Bettis, The Desperate Heart
Vintage Silver Gelatin Photograph
1944
20 x 16 inches

Signed on print verso.

Barbara Morgan - Martha Graham, American Document (Trio)
Barbara Morgan
Martha Graham, American Document (Trio)
Silver Gelatin Photograph
1938, Printed Later
16 x 20 inches

Signed and dated on print recto.

Barbara Morgan - Martha Graham, Celebration
Barbara Morgan
Martha Graham, Celebration
Silver Gelatin Photograph
1937, Printed Later
20 x 16 inches

Signed and dated on print recto. Signed, titled, and dated with Artist stamp on print verso.

Barbara Morgan - Pearl Primus, Speak to Me of Rivers
Barbara Morgan
Pearl Primus, Speak to Me of Rivers
Silver Gelatin Photograph
1944, Printed c. 1960s
16 X 20 inches

Signed on print verso.

Barbara Morgan - Jose Limon, Mexican Suite (Conquistador)
Barbara Morgan
Jose Limon, Mexican Suite (Conquistador)
Vintage Silver Gelatin Photograph
1944
20 x 16 inches

Signed and titled on print verso.

 Barbara Morgan - Martha Graham- El Penitente- Festival Trio
Barbara Morgan
Martha Graham- El Penitente- Festival. Trio: Graham, Cunningham, and Hawkins
Vintage Silver Gelatin Photograph
1940
7 1/2 x 8 5/8 inches

Signed, titled, dated, and artist notations on mount recto. Signed, titled, dated, artist stamp, and copyright information on mount verso. Artist notations in ink on verso. Mounted on board 9 15/16 x 10 1/2 inches.

Barbara Morgan - Martha Graham, Every Soul Is a Circus (Garland Entry)
Barbara Morgan
Martha Graham, Every Soul Is a Circus, "Garland Entry"
Silver Gelatin Photograph
1940, Printed Later
16 x 20 inches

Signed, titled, and dated on print recto and verso.

Barbara Morgan - Martha Graham, Primitive Mysteries
Barbara Morgan
Martha Graham, Primitive Mysteries
Silver Gelatin Photograph
1935, Printed Later
13 1/4 x 17 7/8 inches

Signed, titled, and dated on print recto. Signed, titled and dated on print verso.

Barbara Morgan - Martha Graham, American Document
Barbara Morgan
Martha Graham, American Document
Silver Gelatin Photograph
1938
16 x 20 inches

Signed and dated on print recto

Barbara Morgan - Martha Graham, Every Soul Is a Circus (flower)
Barbara Morgan
Martha Graham, Every Soul Is a Circus (flower)
Silver Gelatin Photograph
1940
20 x 16 inches

Signed and dated on print recto. Artist stamp on print verso.

Barbara Morgan - Martha Graham, Every Soul Is a Circus Merce Cunningham & dancer
Barbara Morgan
Martha Graham, Every Soul Is a Circus (Merce Cunningham & Dancers)
Silver Gelatin Photograph
1940
13 x 10 1/8 inches

Photograph dry mounted on 16 x 20 mat board. Signed, titled, and dated on print verso and recto.

Barbara Morgan - Erick Hawkins, Liberty Tree (Kansas Free Stater)
Barbara Morgan
Erick Hawkins, Liberty Tree (Kansas Free Stater)
Vintage Silver Gelatin Photograph
1942
20 x 16 inches

Signed on print recto. Signed and titled on print verso.

Barbara Morgan - Doris Humphrey, Passacaglia
Barbara Morgan
Doris Humphrey, Passacaglia
Silver Gelatin Photograph
1938
13 1/2 x 10 1/2 inches

Photograph dry mounted on 16 x 20 mat board. Signed, titled, and dated on print recto. Signed, titled, and dated on print verso.

Barbara Morgan - Doris Humphrey, With My Red Fires
Barbara Morgan
Doris Humphrey, With My Red Fires
Silver Gelatin Photograph
1938
16 x 20 inches

Signed and dated on print recto. Signed, titled, dated, and photographer's stamp on print verso

Barbara Morgan -Sophie Maslow & Bill Bales, Sweet Betsy From Pike
Barbara Morgan
Sophie Maslow & Bill Bales, Sweet Betsy From Pike
Vintage Silver Gelatin Photograph
1942
20 x 16 inches

Signed on print verso.

Barbara Morgan -Daniel Nagrin, No Hidin' Place
Barbara Morgan
Daniel Nagrin, No Hidin' Place
Vintage Silver Gelatin Photograph
1944
20 x 16 inches

Signed on print verso.

Barbara Morgan Dance Portfolio
Barbara Morgan
Barbara Morgan Dance Portfolio
Silver Gelatin Photograph
1935-1944
10 x 14 inches

A portfolio consisting of ten (10 x 14 inches) photographs in an archival box. Each print is signed, titled and dated on mount's recto.

Barbara Morgan’s portraits of Martha Graham captured the essence of that choreographer's art. Mrs. Morgan was best known for her photographs of American modern dancers, among them Graham, Jose Limon, Doris Humphrey, Pearl Primus, Charles Weidman, Erick Hawkins and Merce Cunningham. Her dance photographs were never intended for publicity or documentation. Instead, she said in a 1980 interview, they were metaphors, created to catch the symbolic image that epitomized the dance or dancer. Like Graham, she believed that gestures could express profound emotional truths. Her photographs revealed, Graham wrote in 1980, "the inner landscape that is a dancer's world." She said one of her earliest influences was her father's suggestion that his 5-year-old daughter "think of everything in the world as dancing atoms." But she came to photography reluctantly and then, accidentally, to dance.

Her husband, Willard D. Morgan, talked her into trying photography, although she resisted at first, calling it journalism rather than art. Mr. Morgan, whom she married in 1925 and who died in 1967, was a photojournalist who made the Leica camera popular. He was the first photography editor of Life magazine and the first director of the photography division at the Museum of Modern Art in Manhattan. In 1935, soon after Mrs. Morgan had begun to photograph, she saw Graham's "Primitive Mysteries" and was drawn to its treatment of ritual in the American Southwest. The two women began six years of intense collaboration on a book, "Martha Graham: 16 Dances in Photographs," which was a centerpiece of both careers and which is considered the quintessential statement on how to look at dance and record it. The two women remained lifelong friends.

After 1945, Mrs. Morgan concentrated on photographing children, trees and plants, and on designing photomontages and light drawings. Her correspondence with William Carlos Williams, Margaret Mead, Joseph Campbell and Edward Weston, an early photographic influence, is considered a rich historical resource. Among Mrs. Morgan's other books are "Summer's Children," "Barbara Morgan" and "Barbara Morgan Photomontage," all published by Morgan & Morgan of Dobbs Ferry, N.Y. Her photographs were exhibited in solo shows at the Museum of Modern Art, the Smithsonian Institution and other museums and galleries in the United States and Europe.

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