Lif e Dance. Photographs by Nell Dorr with text and poetry by Covington Hardee. Alleluia Press, Allendale, N.J., 1975. Unpaged. Tall quarto. Unnumbered author's copy (ltd. ed. of 110 copies signed by Dorr and Hardee). Inscribed on colophon page, 'For Ruth & Jack/with love/Cuz Hardee/3/27/76' Cothbound in dust jacket. Black-and-white reproductions.
Poetry and prose by Covington Hardee with photos by Nell Dorr on the joys of children and family. The hardbound edition was limited to just 110 signed and numbered copies.
"Dorr is best remembered for her images of mothers and their children as recorded in her 1954 book of verse and images, Mother and Child. During World War II, when her husband and her three sons-in-law were called to military service, Dorr gathered her daughters and their children in a rural Connecticut setting, where she recorded their idyllic lifestyle.
A year after the publication of Mother and Child, Dorr was included in Edward Steichen’s landmark photography exhibition and catalog, The Family of Man, at the Museum of Modern Art in New York. She was one of ten artists in a 1983 exhibition at the Corcoran Gallery in Washington D.C. that featured great women of photography.
In addition to two editions of Mother and Child, Dorr published Life Dance and four other books: Mangroves: Verse and Photographs (1933), In a Blue Moon (1939), The Bare Feet (1962) and Of Night and Day (1968) In 1955, Dorr and her friend, the well-known children’s author Tasha Tudor, created a film, The Golden Key."--
Fine- in Near Fine- jacket with sun striking pattern and moderate shelf wear.