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 is one 8x10 black and white fiber-based prin of this negative in the Constance Stuart Larrabee Collection. There is a signature by the photographer at the bottom that reads: "Constance Stuart Larrabee, 1947." There is also a 19 1/2 x 19 cm. black and white vintage print. 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.
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 1998-060656
Physical description: negative : b&w ; 6 x 6 cm. (silver gelatin)
Physical description: photographic print : b&w ; 6 x 6 cm. (contact print)
Physical description: photographic print : b&w ; 8 x 10 in. (dupe print)
Physical description: photographic print : b&w ; 8 x 10 in. (fiber-based print)
Physical description: photographic print : b&w ; 19 1/2 x 19 cm. (vintage 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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