New Haven

Constance Stuart Larrabee

Yale Center for British Art

The English-born photographer Constance Stuart Larrabee is known for two distinct bodies of work: her black and white prints of South Africa’s tribal people (Zulu, Ndebele, Lovedu, Swazi, Sotho, Transkei, and Bushmen)—produced in the ’30s and ’40s—and her Life magazine–style photojournalism in which she documented the liberation of Europe from the Nazis. This recent retrospective also included lesser-known pictures produced after Larrabee moved to America in 1949. Among this group of photographs, two works stand out as emblematic of her postwar style, which was characterized by a subtle interplay between the natural and the manipulated: a photograph of a glass whale from the series of works for Steuben Glass (Tale of the Whale, Steuben Glass, 1959) and a picture of a jumping dog named Fearless (Fearless on the Chester, 1977). These rather sentimental late works bear witness to the sharp

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