Nell Dorr, The Bare Feet, 1962

Dust jacket back and front

Dust jacket back and front


The Bare Feet is a photographic essay shot in Teotitlan del Valle, Mexico by American photographer Nell (Becker) Dorr.

Dorr had contact to photography from an early age, as her father John Jacob Becker had his own photography studio. Dorr embraced photography and explored its possibilities, always experimenting with new techniques. These can be seen in her various book publications.

The mainly full-page images of The Bare Feet range from the romantically picturesque to the shakily energetic. Dorr’s sensitivity applies itself to both photographic styles, which elevate each other, making the resulting book such a joy to look through.

This oversize book is packed with mostly landscape-format images, printed in deep gravure on matt paper, accompanied by Nell Dorr’s diary-style explanatory texts.

For me, The Bare Feet is a classic American must-have photobook.

Excerpts from reviews of Nell Dorr’s previous books (In a blue moon & Mother and child) by Edward Steichen, Carl Sandburg, Jacob Deschin, and Mr. M. Graebeckx on the back of the dust jacket.

Text by Nell Dorr
Calligraphy by David Soshensky

Published by the New York Graphic Society, Greenwich, Connecticut, 1962


Hard cover with dust jacket

34.2 x 26.7cm

76 pages including printed front and end papers