Barbara Morgan

Martha Graham, Letter to the World (Kick)

1940
Barbara Morgan's photographs of the celebrated dancer and choreographer Martha Graham have survived the test of time. Capturing gesture, volume and line, Morgan creates a permanent and timeless image from an essentially ephemeral experience. Based on an Emily Dickinson poem, Graham's choreography and Morgan's photograph illustrate the poet as both messenger to the world and recluse. The dancer extends into space, yet holds her head downward, in an introspective, melancholic pose. This is my letter to the world, That never wrote to me, The simple news that Nature told, With tender majesty. Her message is committed To hands I cannot see; For love of her, sweet countrymen, Judge tenderly of me! -Emily Dickenson
Title
Martha Graham, Letter to the World (Kick)
Date
1940
Medium
Photograph
Materials
gelatin silver print
Dimensions
38.6 x 48.2 cm
Nationality
American
Credit line
Purchased 2008
Rights
Photo © NGC
Accession number
42338