In this long-unpublished essay, the photographer reflects on the allure of the city, its hidden gardens and waterways, and the role it played in sparking her photographic career.
In particular the latter text explores the pivotal role the city played in her first taking up photography, in 1951, and her exploration of its myriad canals, bridges, and private gardens in 1955 while on an assignment for L’Oeil. This text was, until the book’s release, never before published.
Here we reproduce Morath’s musings on the city – its allure, mystery, and perhaps above all its pivotal place in catalyzing her love of photography, propelling her from enthusiast to practitioner. The text is accompanied by a selection of her photographs of the famed city made during that 1955 assignment, only a few years after her first, life-changing first visit.