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Matt2



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PostPosted: Sat Nov 16, 2019 12:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

That cover photo of a very elderly Wright may not be flattering, but it's damn humanizing. The "Fire" book mentions a stroke Wright had and his face in this photo has a bit of that look. I'm reminded of Wright's grandson's recollection (also in the book) of how small Wright's body seemed after his death.
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Roderick Grant



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PostPosted: Sat Nov 16, 2019 2:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

One does tend to shrink with age. I have lost over an inch.

I agree, Matt. There is nothing wrong with showing the man as he was. Even that unfortunate photo, which makes him look like a cartoon, or a superannuated Buster Brown. Warts and all.
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SREcklund



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PostPosted: Tue Nov 19, 2019 3:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

SDR wrote:
How about this for an unfortunate cover photo:

https://www.google.com/books/edition/Frank_Lloyd_Wright_and_His_Manner_of_Tho/BgfxAwAAQBAJ?hl=en&gbpv=1&printsec=frontcover

Must be one of the last photos ? Identified by the publisher only as "Wisconsin Historical Society, WHi 33104"

S


That's his 1957 passport photo.
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SDR



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PostPosted: Tue Nov 19, 2019 9:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

That's interesting. Why would a full-torso photo be taken for a passport, I wonder. He certainly looks beat.

Very late photos show a somewhat puffy complexion. These are almost the only photos that show a weary or defeated person.

Mr Wright may have had more photos taken over his lifetime than anyone other than an entertainment personality. And they show such a wide range of appearance, if not of expression . . .?

S
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DavidC



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PostPosted: Wed Nov 20, 2019 11:39 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The Prickly, Brilliant and Deeply Influential Frank Lloyd Wright


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SDR



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PostPosted: Wed Nov 20, 2019 1:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Another photo of the elderly Wright that I don't recall seeing before . . .

In "About Wright," on page 317, Edgar Tafel presents this photo, with the caption, "Believed to be the last photo of Mr Wright."




Mr Wright on a happier day:

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SDR



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PostPosted: Wed Nov 20, 2019 7:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Quite coincidentally, Eric O'Malley provides, in today's Wright Society -- Issue 176, yet another previously
obscure portrait of Mr Wright, one that I find appealing for its sense of immediacy: the man seems to look
us in the eye, perhaps about to speak ?





Thank you, Eric ! I wonder where this photo has been seen previously. Any guesses as to his age, here ?

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