Ndebele Architecture, 1936-1949. Walls and steps are decorated with painted geometric designs. Photograph by Constance Stuart Larrabee, 1936-1949.
Between 1936 and 1949, Constance Stuart devoted much of her spare time to photograph the Ndebele, who lived in settlements near Pretoria. During the week, Stuart operated her studio in town; on weekends she drove to the nearby settlements. She frequently returned to the same places, and became familiar with many Ndebele women. Stuart created portraits, recorded Ndebele architecture, and documented activities, among them wall painting and mat making.
There are no prints of this negative in the Constance Stuart Larrabee Collection. EEPA produced an 8x10 study print for reference purposes.
The cataloging of the Constance Stuart Larrabee Collection was supported by a grant from The Smithsonian Women's Committee.
Publications: Between Union and Liberation: Women Artists in South Africa 1910-1994. (Bethany, CT: Ashgate Publishing, 2004). LL03-0073
Cite as: Ndebele architecture, South Africa. Photograph by Constance Stuart Larrabee, between 1936-1949. Image no. EEPA 1998-060676. National Museum of African Art, Smithsonian Institution
Repository Loc.: Smithsonian Institution, National Museum of African Art, Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives, 950 Independence Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20560-0708
photographer: Larrabee, Constance Stuart 1914-2000
Local number: EEPA 1998-060676
Physical description: negative : b&w ; 6 x 6 cm. (silver gelatin)
Physical description: photographic print : b&w ; 8 x 10 in. (dupe print)
See more items in: Constance Stuart Larrabee photographs 1935-1988 (bulk 1941-1945)
Place: Pretoria (South Africa)
Place: South Africa
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