Constance Stuart Larrabee collection, EEPA 1998-006
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Summary
Collection ID:
EEPA.1998-006
Creators:
Larrabee, Constance Stuart
Dates:
1935-1988
bulk 1941-1945
Languages:
English
Physical Description:
5115 negatives (photographic)
black and white
2.5 x 2.5 inches
3,000 Photographic Prints
silver gelatin
black and white
8 x 10 inches or smaller
Repository:
The majority of the photographs were taken by Constance Stuart Larrabee during her career as a photographer in South Africa, 1941-1945. The images document the peoples of South Africa in Basutoland (now Lesotho), Bechuanaland (now Botswana), Johannesburg, Natal province (including an Anglican Mission school, the town of Ixopo, and the south coast), Soweto, Swaziland, Transkei, eastern Transvaal, the Umzimkulu Valley and Zululand.

Biographical/Historical note
Biographical/Historical note
Constance Stuart Larrabee (1914-2000) photographer; born in England, raised in Pretoria, South Africa; studied photography in London (1933-1935) and at the Bavarian State Institute for Photography in Munich (1935-1936), where she was influenced by the avant-garde work of the Bauhaus school. Returning to South Africa, Larrabee set up a studio and photographed many leading cultural and political figures of the period. During World War II she served as South Africa's first woman war correspondent, and in 1950 she married an American and moved to the United States.
Larrabee began photographing the peoples of South Africa in the late 1930s. She published extensively, including a portfolio produced for the book, Cry, the Beloved Country, by Alan Paton (New York: C. Scribner's Sons, 1948). Her work has appeared in exhibits throughout the world, including the following: "The Lovedu" in Pretoria, 1947; "The Family Man" at the Museum of Modern Art, 1955; "Tribal Photographs" at the Corcoran Art Gallery, 1984; and "Go Well, My Child" at the National Museum of African Art (NMAfA), 1986.

Using the Collection
Conditions Governing Use
Permission to reproduce images from the Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives must be obtained in advance. The collection is subject to all copyright laws.
Conditions Governing Access note
Use of original records requires an appointment. Contact Archives staff for more details.
Preferred Citation
Constance Stuart Larrabee Collection, EEPA 1998-006, Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives, National Museum of African Art, Smithsonian Insituation.

Keywords
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Transkei (South Africa) Place Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Natal (South Africa) Place Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
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Soweto (South Africa) Place Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Eastern Transvaal (South Africa) Place Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Zululand (South Africa) Place Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Ixopo (South Africa) Place Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid

Repository Contact
Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives, National Museum of African Art
National Museum of African Art
P.O. Box 37012
MRC 708
Washington, DC 20013-7012
elisofonarchives@si.edu
http://africa.si.edu/collection/eliot-elisofon-photographic-archives/