8 x 10 inch Print - Woman with Spinning Wheel
An 8 x 10 inch, black and white, high quality print of an image taken by Kathryn Tucker Windham. You'll be the proud owner of a print by Alabama's greatest storyteller.
Note: These are not part of the limited edition numbered set with a family seal. These are a new offer for those who want a lower priced Kathryn Tucker Windham print. A perfect gift for a KTW fan! Allow 1 week for delivery. Tax and shipping included if within contiguous United States.
Mother was keenly aware of a changing South through the mid part of the 20th century. It was often those images of disappearing sights that she viewed through the lenses of her cameras. Backyard haircuts, old soldiers, children gathered for storytelling, mongrel dogs, country shanties, basket weavers, women at spinning wheels and the like captured her fancy, and she captured their likenesses on film.
Mother stored her hundreds of negatives in an old wooden file box. She thought nothing of them other than that they were the biproduct of a hobby she enjoyed. One day a well-known Alabama historian was visiting Mother at her home in Selma. The woman was intrigued---even astounded---to see the collection of photography Mother had amassed through the years.
Soon Mother’s photography was the subject of exhibits in museums around the state. She gave talks about people and places in her photographs, recalling conversations struck up in the course of her picture-taking. As she told it, “Suddenly I have a whole new vocation. Somebody told me that now I’m a photographer, so I guess I am! -- Dilcy (Kathryn's daughter)
Kathryn's recollections about the "Woman with Spinning Wheel."
I do not know the woman's name. I met her in the early 1930s and I'm not even sure now where she lived. My father and I had spent the day in Marengo County visiting some of the communities where he had lived during his childhood and youth. We had been to Shiloh, Magnolia, Vineland, Dixon's Mills, Octagon and Hell's Half Acre, and he had told me stories about each place. It was at one of the homes where we stopped that he introduced me to the woman in the photograph and told me about the spinning wheel.
"That spinning wheel belonged to my mother," he told me. "She and my father were moving and they had no place to put the spinning wheel so they asked a neighbor to keep it until they got settled. For some reason, my parents never came back to claim it. Wanted you to see it."
So I took a took a picture of the woman with the spinning wheel. Now, more than sixty years later, I wonder who the woman was and what became of the spinning wheel. There is nobody to ask.
– Kathryn Tucker Windham
"Some people are important to intellectuals, journalists, or politicians, but Kathryn Tucker Windham is probably the only person I know in Alabama who is important to everybody."
–Wayne Flynt, Professor Emeritus in the Department of History at Auburn University.
Dilcy Windham Hilley
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