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The Writers: Portraits by Laura Wilson


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Visiting: Exhibition galleries are open to visitors Tuesday - Friday from 10am-5pm. 

Laura Wilson has photographed some of the most influential writers of our time. This exhibition of her work at the Ransom Center features a selection of her powerful portraits documenting highly accomplished, award-winning writers. Immersing herself in each writer's own personal setting, Wilson reveals the details that have inspired their literary masterworks.

The exhibition is drawn from her book, The Writers: Portraits (Yale University Press, 2022). See stunning photographic portraits of J. M. Coetzee, Jim Crace, Rachel Cusk, Edwidge Danticat, Louise Erdrich, Carlos Fuentes, Gabriel García Márquez, Tim O'Brien, Zadie Smith, and Tom Stoppard, among many others. The papers of many of the writers portrayed are collected at the Ransom Center.