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Marion Post Wolcott

Movie Theatre, Belzoni, MS, 1939
Movie Theatre, Belzoni, MS, 1939

Marion Post Wolcott was born in Mount Clair, New Jersey in 1910. She spent the years1938 to 1942 traveling and photographing the South. She eventually settled in Santa Barbara, CA where she died in 1990.

Known for:
Farm Security Administration photographs documenting the depression in the South between 1938 and 1942.

Most Popular Images:
"Negroes Jitterbugging in a Juke Joint on Saturday Night, Clarksdale, MS, 1939"; "Negro Using Outside Stairway for 'Colored' to Enter Movie Theatre, Belzoni, MS, 1939"; "Picnic on Running Board of Car, Sarasota, Fl," 1941.

Did you know ... ?
Her older sister, Helen, was considered the family artist; Marion was considered "the pretty one." • Marion studied with Franz Boa. • She lived in Iran, Egypt, and India. • Upon hearing a speech by Adolf Hitler in Berlin, Marion dedicated her life to progressive political activism against facism. • She married in 1942 and quit working professionally as a photographer until the 1970s.

"My principal concern is to challenge photographers to document - in mixed media if they wish, or even just record in still photographs as well as film and video - our present quality of life, the causes of malaise in our society- and the world- the evidences of it."

General Format: 8"x10", 11"x14" and some 16"x20" silver gelatin prints.

How many photographs exist?
There are 25 or less of most images, there are 50-100 of a few.

$1,000- $9,500
2009 -$1,000-12,500.

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How are the photographs printed and signed?
Printed, titled, dated au recto (front) by Marion Post Wolcott, occasionally signed au verso(back). Most were printed between 1978 and 1989.

Vintage photographs are "FSA" stamped.


Books :
Marion Post Wolcott: A Photographic Journey, Out of print.
Looking for Light, Random House, Out of print.

1976- $150
1986: $500-$1000
1996: $1000-$5,000
2001: $1000-$9,500

Negroes Jitterbugging in a Juke Joint, 

Saturday Night, Clarksdale, MS.

Negroes Jitterbugging in a Juke Joint,
Saturday Night, Clarksdale, MS.

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