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Freedom: Yucca Plant, New Mexico
Gelatin silver print
Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center at the University of Texas at Austin
© Fritz Henle Estate, Image courtesy of Harry Ransom Center.
"I believe that there are few photographs which have been published as many times as this plant in the White Sands desert in New Mexico! Whoever it was that selected the picture must have been moved by its symbolism the struggle for survival. I took the photograph during a period of great personal loneliness, and this inner loneliness became a stark outward reality when, after hours of walking in the desert, I found myself lost in this limitless space. By re-tracing my footsteps, I managed to regain sight of my car in the far, far distance. The creation of the picture had so captivated me that I had lost count of time and distance."
From 'Notes on the Photographs' in Fritz Henle ® 1973.