Writer Eudora Welty is known primarily for...

Writer Eudora Welty is known primarily for her stories about the American South. But the 82-year-old author is also a talented photographer who took vivid documentary-style photos in the early 1930s for the Works Progress Administration.

Starting Sunday, Pomona College in Claremont will exhibit Welty’s Depression-era photographs, pairing each print with text from the writer’s novels and short stories.

The show, at the college’s Montgomery Gallery, runs through Oct. 14.


The photos show Welty’s ability to capture fleeting moments of the Depression in her native Mississippi, from denizens of the red clay farms to stunning shots of Delta bottoms and pine forests.

Hired by the Works Progress Administration to document its projects, Welty roamed the state, taking what she considered snapshots. In these photos as well as in her fiction, the Pulitzer Prize winner said she sought the “story-writer’s truth: the thing to wait on, to

Author Eudora Welty

reach there in time for, the moment in which people reveal themselves.”

Along the way, Welty collected invaluable material and impressions of the region and its people, around which she would later spin such stories as “The Robber Bridegroom,” “Delta Wedding” and “The Optimist’s Daughter.”

Gallery hours are Wednesday through Sunday, 1 to 5 p.m.

Admission is free.