Photography Hazel Larsen Archer

I hesitate to write this letter on her behalf. As Mr. Moe could tell you, I have been writing my supporting thoughts regarding your candidates annually for a quarter of a century… and none of these applicants have been successful in winning one of your fellowships. I had resolved to withdraw my support as apparently unfortunate but feel that I would be traitorous in this instance were I to fail to restate my estimate of this applicant who asked and received my unreserved endorsement several years ago.

Buckminster Fuller, confidential report on Hazel Larsen Archer for the Guggenheim Foundation, November 2, 1955

Cunningham1 Merce Cunningham at Black Mountain College, late 1940s

Cunningham 2 Merce Cunningham at Black Mountain College, late 1940s

Rauschenberg_EJ Robert Rauschenberg and Elizabeth Jennerjahn

Cunningham3 Merce Cunningham at Black Mountain College, late 1940s

Cunningham5 Merce Cunningham at Black Mountain College, late 1940s

Photographs courtesy of the Estate of Hazel Larsen Archer and the Black Mountain College Museum + Arts Center.

“Each new issue feels like a public report from many individual private spheres.” —Antoine Wilson

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Issue 23



Fall 2015


Hazel Larsen Archer (1921-2001) was a student and later teacher of photography at Black Mountain College. Hazel Larsen Archer: Black Mountain College Photographer (Black Mountain Press) is a collection of her work from her time there.


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