In a Blue Moon, 1939 (Nell Dorr)

Nell Dorr - Nell Koons :: from "In a Blue Moon", published by G. P. Putnam’s Sons in 1939.  In a Blue Moon, a small hardcover made up of many of the same images from Mangroves (*) but printed in photogravure.
Nell Dorr – Nell Koons :: from “In a Blue Moon”, published by G. P. Putnam’s Sons in 1939. In a Blue Moon, a small hardcover made up of many of the same images from Mangroves (*) but printed in photogravure. Lettering by George A. DuBerg.
(*) Mangroves, a softbound portfolio of her photographs was self-published in a limited edition, under her first married name, Nell Koons. It comprises two of her poems and fifteen tipped-in halftones of flowers and nude girls and women, often perched in trees.

“It’s only once in a blue moon that days like these can happen but, when they do, they add a new dimension to the years that follow.” – Opening text of In a blue moon by Nell Dorr.

Nell Dorr - Nell Koons :: from "In a Blue Moon", published by G. P. Putnam’s Sons in 1939.
Nell Dorr – Nell Koons :: from “In a Blue Moon”, published by G. P. Putnam’s Sons in 1939.
Nell Dorr - Nell Koons :: from "In a Blue Moon", published by G. P. Putnam’s Sons in 1939.
Nell Dorr – Nell Koons :: from “In a Blue Moon”, published by G. P. Putnam’s Sons in 1939.
Nell Dorr - Nell Koons :: from "In a Blue Moon", published by G. P. Putnam’s Sons in 1939.
Nell Dorr – Nell Koons :: from “In a Blue Moon”, published by G. P. Putnam’s Sons in 1939.
Nell Dorr - Nell Koons :: from "In a Blue Moon", published by G. P. Putnam’s Sons in 1939.
Nell Dorr – Nell Koons :: from “In a Blue Moon”, published by G. P. Putnam’s Sons in 1939.
Nell Dorr - Nell Koons :: from "In a Blue Moon", published by G. P. Putnam’s Sons in 1939.
Nell Dorr – Nell Koons :: from “In a Blue Moon”, published by G. P. Putnam’s Sons in 1939.
Nell Dorr :: Florida Keys, 1928. # 9 From In a Blue Moon, published 1939. Amon Carter Museum
Nell Dorr :: Florida Keys, 1928. # 9 From In a Blue Moon, published 1939. Amon Carter Museum
Nell Dorr - Nell Koons :: from "In a Blue Moon", published by G. P. Putnam’s Sons in 1939.
Nell Dorr – Nell Koons :: from “In a Blue Moon”, published by G. P. Putnam’s Sons in 1939.
Nell Dorr - Nell Koons :: from "In a Blue Moon", published by G. P. Putnam’s Sons in 1939.
Nell Dorr – Nell Koons :: from “In a Blue Moon”, published by G. P. Putnam’s Sons in 1939.
Nell Dorr :: The Secret Pool, 1928. # 18 also # 58, From In a Blue Moon, published 1939. Amon Carter Museum
Nell Dorr :: The Secret Pool, 1928. # 18 also # 58, From In a Blue Moon, published 1939. Amon Carter Museum

In a blue moon combines dream-like images of nude women with close-up and abstracted images of flowers. The narrative of this photo-novella is the transition into adulthood.  The effect of this book is that something that has so much potential to be lame – pictures of girls, pictures of flowers, girls and flowers and girls with flowers in their hair – actually comes across as being quite profound and unashamedly beautiful.  Nell Dorr photographed with a Rollei camera only ever using available natural light.  The simplicity of her approach did not necessarily mean simplicity in the results that she achieved. Her imagery is filled with amazing abstract constructions and her portraits have an almost primal quality.  Her photographs are the autobiographical work of a strong and sensitive woman who created an internal place where beauty and truth could still flourish. [quoted from an article by Matthew Carson (Head Librarian & Archivist at the International Center of Photography) on Monsters & Madonnas]

Nell Dorr - Nell Koons :: from "In a Blue Moon", published by G. P. Putnam’s Sons in 1939.
Nell Dorr (1893-1988) :: Flower Laden, 1928. Gelatin silver print. # 7 From The Blue Moon. Amon Carter Museum of American Art
Nell Dorr - Nell Koons :: from "In a Blue Moon", published by G. P. Putnam’s Sons in 1939.
Nell Dorr (1893-1988) :: Vine Leaves; 1928. Gelatin silver print. # 8 From The Blue Moon. Amon Carter Museum of American Art
Nell Dorr - Nell Koons :: from "In a Blue Moon", published by G. P. Putnam’s Sons in 1939.
Nell Dorr :: Flower Laden, 1928-29. Gelatin silver print. # 7 From The Blue Moon. Amon Carter Museum of American Art
Nell Dorr :: The Sea Grape Tree, 1927-29. # 36 From In a Blue Moon, published 1939. Amon Carter Museum
Nell Dorr :: The Sea Grape Tree, 1927-29. # 36 From In a Blue Moon, published 1939. Amon Carter Museum
Nell Dorr :: The Sea Grape Tree, 1923, printed after 1923. # 28 From In a Blue Moon, published 1939. Amon Carter Museum
Nell Dorr :: The Sea Grape Tree, 1923, printed after 1923. # 28 From In a Blue Moon, published 1939. Amon Carter Museum
Nell Dorr :: The Coco Loba Tree, ca. 1923-1929. # 44 From In a Blue Moon, published 1939. Amon Carter Museum
Nell Dorr :: The Coco Loba Tree, ca. 1923-1929. # 44 From In a Blue Moon, published 1939. Amon Carter Museum
Nell Dorr ::  Harp of the Wind, 1929. # 38 From In a Blue Moon, published 1939. Amon Carter Museum
Nell Dorr :: Harp of the Wind, 1929. # 38 From In a Blue Moon, published 1939. Amon Carter Museum
Nell Dorr ::  Wonder, 1928. # 75 From In a Blue Moon, published 1939. Amon Carter Museum
Nell Dorr :: Wonder, 1928. # 75 From In a Blue Moon, published 1939. Amon Carter Museum
Nell Dorr :: [Negative image of ‘Matin’], 1929. Amon Carter Museum
In a Blue Moon published by G. P. Putnam’s Sons in 1939. [1st edition]; Nell Dorr; lettering by George A. DuBerg.

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ICP · International Center of Photography

Monsters & Madonnas

Amon Carter museum of American art

Harvard University

Yale University Library

Ingrid Mueller by Nell Dorr, 1970

Nell Dorr (American, 1895-1995) :: En Plein Air. Nudes of Ingrid Mueller (5 works), 1970. Gelatin silver print on Agfa paper.
Nell Dorr (American, 1895-1995) :: En Plein Air. Nudes of Ingrid Mueller (5 works), 1970. Gelatin silver print on Agfa paper. Each titled in ink, verso: Ingrid W. Mueller.
These photographs were taken by Nell Dorr at a river near the Albert Schweitzer Friendship House in Great Barrington, Massachusetts in the summer of 1970. | src Heritage Auctions
Nell Dorr (American, 1895-1995) :: En Plein Air. Nudes of Ingrid Mueller (5 works), 1970. Gelatin silver print on Agfa paper.
Nell Dorr (American, 1895-1995) :: En Plein Air. Nudes of Ingrid Mueller (5 works), 1970. Gelatin silver print on Agfa paper.
Nell Dorr (American, 1895-1995) :: En Plein Air. Nudes of Ingrid Mueller (5 works), 1970. Gelatin silver print on Agfa paper.
Nell Dorr (American, 1895-1995) :: En Plein Air. Nudes of Ingrid Mueller (5 works), 1970. Gelatin silver print on Agfa paper.
Nell Dorr (American, 1895-1995) :: En Plein Air. Nudes of Ingrid Mueller (5 works), 1970. Gelatin silver print on Agfa paper.
Nell Dorr (American, 1895-1995) :: En Plein Air. Nudes of Ingrid Mueller (5 works), 1970. Gelatin silver print on Agfa paper.
Nell Dorr (American, 1895-1995) :: En Plein Air. Nudes of Ingrid Mueller (5 works), 1970. Gelatin silver print on Agfa paper.
Nell Dorr (American, 1895-1995) :: En Plein Air. Nudes of Ingrid Mueller (5 works), 1970. Gelatin silver print on Agfa paper. Each titled in ink, verso: Ingrid W. Mueller.
These photographs were taken by Nell Dorr at a river near the Albert Schweitzer Friendship House in Great Barrington, Massachusetts in the summer of 1970. | src Heritage Auctions

Nudes by Nell Dorr, 1928-1929

Nell Dorr (1893-1988) :: Flower Laden, 1928-1929. Gelatin silver print. | src Amon Carter Museum of American Art
Nell Dorr (1893-1988) :: Vine Leaves, 1928-1929. Gelatin silver print. | src Amon Carter Museum of American Art
Nell Dorr (1893-1988) :: Flower Laden, 1928-1929. Gelatin silver print. | src Amon Carter Museum of American Art

Youth reclining in tree, 1929

Nell Dorr (1893-1988) :: [Blond figure (youth) reclining in tree], 1929. Gelatin silver print; printed ca. 1929-1934. Gift of the Estate of Nell Dorr. | src Amon Carter Museum of American Art

Nude in turban by Nell Dorr

Nell Dorr (1893-1988); [Nude on beach, back view]; ca. 1929; Gelatin silver print; Amon Carter Museum of American Art; Fort Worth, Texas; Bequest of Nell Dorr; P1990.45.309
Nell Dorr (1893-1988) :: [Nude on beach, back view], ca. 1929. Gelatin silver print. | src Amon Carter Museum of American Art
Nell Dorr (1893-1988); [Nude in turban reclining on side]; 1929-1934; Gelatin silver print; Amon Carter Museum of American Art; Fort Worth, Texas; Bequest of Nell Dorr; P1990.45.299
Nell Dorr (1893-1988) :: [Nude in turban reclining on side], 1929-1934. Gelatin silver print. | src Amon Carter Museum of American Art
Nell Dorr (1893-1988); [Nude in turban reclining on side]; ca. 1929-1934; Gelatin silver print; Amon Carter Museum of American Art; Fort Worth, Texas; Bequest of Nell Dorr; P1990.45.300
Nell Dorr (1893-1988) :: [Nude in turban reclining on side], 1929-1934. Gelatin silver print. | src Amon Carter Museum of American Art
Nell Dorr (1893-1988); [Backview nude in turban leaning on tree]; 1929-1934; Gelatin silver print; Amon Carter Museum of American Art; Fort Worth, Texas; Bequest of Nell Dorr; P1990.45.304
Nell Dorr (1893-1988) :: [Backview nude in turban leaning on tree], 1929-1934. Gelatin silver print. | src Amon Carter Museum
Nell Dorr (1893-1988); [Nude in turban]; ca. 1930; Gelatin silver print; Amon Carter Museum of American Art, Fort Worth, Texas, Gift of the Estate of Nell Dorr; P1990.45.301
Nell Dorr (1893-1988) :: [Nude in turban]; ca. 1930. Gelatin silver print. | src Amon Carter Museum of American Art
Nell Dorr (1893-1988); [Nude in turban standing among branches growing from large tree root]; ca. 1929-1934; Gelatin silver print; Amon Carter Museum of American Art; Fort Worth, Texas; Bequest of Nell Dorr; P1990.45.306
Nell Dorr :: [Nude in turban standing among branches growing from large tree root], ca. 1929-1934. | src Amon Carter Museum
Nell Dorr (1893-1988); [Nude in turban]; ca. 1930; Gelatin silver print; Amon Carter Museum of American Art, Fort Worth, Texas, Gift of the Estate of Nell Dorr; P1990.45.305
Nell Dorr (1893-1988) :: [Nude in turban], ca. 1930. Gelatin silver print. | src Amon Carter Museum of American Art

Untitled nude by Nell Dorr

Nell Dorr ::  Untitled. From ‘Of Night and Day’. | src MIA · Minneapolis Institute of Art
Nell Dorr :: Untitled. From ‘Of Night and Day’. | src MIA · Minneapolis Institute of Art

Caprice by Nell Dorr, 1929

Nell Dorr (1893-1988) :: Caprice, 1929. Gelatin silver print. Bequest of Nell Dorr. | src Amon Carter Museum of American Art