Annemarie Schwarzenbach and American photographer Barbara Hamilton-Wright on a Mission
SCHWARZENBACH: “Kleiden Sie sich unauffällig. Halten Sie nicht beständig eine Leika ans Auge gedrückt. Lassen Sie Ihren Ford nicht zu oft waschen!”
“‘Dress so that you do not stick out. Don’t hold your Leika camera in front of your face all the time.
Don’t have your Ford washed too often!’ These were the last instructions I received in Washington prior to leaving for the coal-mining regions in the Allegheny Mountains and for the ‘steel city’ Pittsburgh, the mighty steel-making center of the United States.”
“My American colleague and I read Davenport‘s article when we were in Chattanooga, an industrial city in the state of Tennessee. Soon thereafter we had the opportunity to scrutinize whether Davenport‘s accusations were true and accurate. We had a Ford 8, two Rolleiflex-cameras, and three weeks of time at our disposal when we got on our way to find out what is truly going on today in the American South.”