A celebration of moms being moms.
The Amon Carter holds the archives of photographer Nell Dorr (1893–1988), which includes approximately 1,750 photographs and 5,200 negatives. The collection presents a cross section of Dorr’s photographic work.
During World War II, Dorr's husband and her daughters' husbands all went to war. She retreated to the countryside with her daughters and grandchildren.
Unlike her contemporaries—whose documentary photographs captured the horrors of war, social injustice, and general strife—Dorr focused on the painterly aspects of rural life, a life she had constructed.
Dorr’s body of work about motherhood is a nostalgic celebration of the simplicities of life and a reminder of the beauty found in the acts of everyday living in the face of very difficult moments in her life.
Produced by Maggie Adler, Assistant Curator and Peggy Sell, Interpretation Manager at the Amon Carter Museum of American Art
All artworks from the collection of the Amon Carter Museum of American Art, Fort Worth, Texas.