'MARTHA GRAHAM – "LETTER TO THE WORLD" (KICK)'
mounted, signed, titled, dated, annotated 'No Cropping' and with reduction notations in ink on the mount, signed, titled, dated, and extensively annotated in ink and stamped on the reverse, 1940
7⅛ by 9¼ in. (18.1 by 23.5 cm.)
This early print is in generally excellent condition. Only visible upon close inspection are faint linear impressions in the upper left quadrant and a pen-point-sized impression at the lower right corner, none of which appears to break the emulsion. There is very minor edge wear, including two tiny chips at the upper edge.
The mount is lightly soiled and age-darkened. It is extensively annotated by the photographer: 'No Cropping' and 'Martha Graham-"Letter to the World"-1940. Photograph-Barbara Morgan / Over [with arrow]' in ink; '1 shot 53%' in red ink; and '3 [circled]' and '(kick)' in pencil.
The reverse is soiled and there are tape remnants parallel to the upper edge. It is stamped with the photographer's copyright/credit and inscribed by the photographer in ink: 'Martha Graham–Letter to the World–1940'; 'From Book: Page 27 [circled] / Barbara Morgan monograph / Pub. Morgan + Morgan Inc. –1972 / Dobbs Ferry N.Y.'; 'From Book: p. 123 [circled] / "Martha Graham: Sixteen / Dances in Photographs" / By Barbara Morgan–1941 / To be published revised edition / new copyright - 1969 [circled] / for revised edition'; and 'No Cropping / To Credit: photography Barbara Morgan / To be returned after one-time use.' Inscribed in pencil are '3 [circled]' and 'kick [circled].'
When examined under ultraviolet light, this print does not appear to fluoresce.
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Minor White, ed., Aperture 11:1 (1964), p. 15
Curtis L. Carter, Barbara Morgan: Prints, Drawings, Watercolors & Photographs (Milwaukee: Patrick & Beatrice Haggerty Museum of Art, 1988), p. 105 and back cover
Barbara Morgan (Aperture, 1999), cover
Quentin Bajac et al., eds., Photography at MoMA: 1920-1960 (New York: The Museum of Modern Art, 2016), p. 273