Mar 14, 2019

Patricia Highsmith, the Number One Mystery Writer

Patricia Highsmith, the Number One Mystery Writer


Charles Harbutt

(American, 1935–2015)

Gelatin silver print

Image: 24 x 16 cm (9 7/16 x 6 5/16 in.); Paper: 25.3 x 20.9 cm (9 15/16 x 8 1/4 in.)

Gift of George Stephanopoulos 2018.588


Did you know?

The reclusive crime writer Patricia Highsmith was fascinated by snails and once brought 100 of them to a cocktail party in her handbag.


Charles Harbutt invites us to feel as if we, in place of him, are the visitor at Patricia Highsmith's home in a small village south of Paris, France. Here, surrounded by plants and cats, she devotes herself to writing. The photographer sits on one side of a coffee table strewn with an ashtray, books, wine glasses, her teacup, his coffee cup. The writer stares back at him, silent, with cigarette in hand.

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