Constance Stuart Larrabee: Time Exposure

Saturday, September 9, 1995
Sunday, November 12, 1995

This was the first exhibition in this country to survey the work of English-born photographer Constance Stuart Larrabee (1914–2000). In the 1930s and 1940s she produced a remarkable series of photographs of the indigenous peoples of South Africa: Zulu, Nedebele, Lovedu, Swazi, Sotho, and Bushmen. “There was no commercial or scientific purpose,” Larrabee said, “it was just for the love of photography and the people.” In 1944, as South Africa’s first woman war correspondent, Larrabee traveled to the European theater with one Rolleiflex camera—the same camera she would use exclusively throughout her professional career. In France and Italy she captured the fighting and its aftermath in compelling images. She visited the United States in 1949, married an American, and became an American citizen in 1953 in Chestertown, Maryland, where she continued to live and take photographs for the rest of her life. The exhibition included over 120 photographs, chosen in consultation with the photographer and printed under her supervision. An illustrated catalogue included an appreciation by Richard Wilbur and an interview with the photographer.

Entrance Court, Yale Center for British Art, Photograph by Richard Caspole