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Martha Graham—Lamentation

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Martha Graham—Lamentation

Barbara Morgan

Artist Nationality
American (North American)

Object Creation Date

Medium & Support
gelatin silver print on paper

15 7/8 in x 19 7/8 in (40.3 cm x 50.5 cm);22 3/16 in x 28 1/4 in (56.36 cm x 71.76 cm);15 15/16 in x 19 15/16 in (40.5 cm x 50.7 cm);13 9/16 in x 18 in (34.5 cm x 45.7 cm)

Credit Line
Gift of Frances U. and Scott K. Simonds

Subject matter
Barbara Morgan moved from California to New York City in 1930. She began photographing Martha Graham in 1935 after seeing her perform, immediately introducing herself and beginning a collaboration. Morgan photographed Graham and her company in her studio, giving her more control over the images she produced. Themes in her work included dance, capturing gesture, and depicting crucial moments in sequences of movement. This photograph combines two negatives to form a composite print. The photographs are from Martha Graham's performance of Lamentation, a modern dance choreographed to Zoltán Kodály's 1910 Piano Piece, Op. 3, No. 2.

Physical Description
A composite print from two negatives, each representing a moment from a dance performance. The woman wears a large cloth, which she manipulates with her motions to create forms and shapes.

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composite photographs
costume (mode of fashion)
dance (discipline)
dances (performance events)
modern and contemporary art
movement (compositional concept)

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