Sally O’Neil and a little friend
Edward Steichen (American, b. Luxembourg 1879-1973) Frances Farmer, Sept. 21, 1937, Dye Transfer print, Bequest of Edward Steichen under the direction of Joanna T. Steichen, © Estate of Edward Steichen, George Eastman House.
Frances Farmer (American, 1913–1970) was an actress of stage and screen. While she is best known for the many sensationalized and fictional accounts of her life, and especially her involuntary commitment to a mental hospital, she was also known for her independent spirit and for valuing talent over glamour. This striking portrait by Edward Steichen was taken in 1937 after she took a leave from Hollywood to do summer stock theater in Westchester, New York.
This photograph is on view in The Gender Show at George Eastman House through October 13, 2013!
Depression is something that seems really obscure when you see it in a theater, but when you talk to people who come to see it and hear their reactions, you realize that it is such a prevalent part of life and our society today that it really needed to be told, and still needs to be told.
I look at a star and it’s just a big ball of burning gas and I know how it began and I know how it ends and I was probably there both times. After a while, everything is just stuff! That’s the problem. You make all of space and time your backyard and what do you have? A backyard.