Harry Ransom CenterThe University of Texas at Austin

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David Douglas Duncan


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Full-length portrait of Sheila Duncan standing outside, with a German shepherd puppy lying at her feet.

"This was meant as his 'first-day portrait'--only a family souvenir--before I went back to work on photographs of Picasso. But that furry bundle of antennae-ears, judgmental gaze, and Olympian serenity just kept staring straight into my lens, and in those infant eyes I saw nobility. Thunder echoed behind the mountains above our village-or did I imagine it? We named him Thor. After a lifetime of documenting wars, historic treasures, monumental fantasy, and many of man's adventures in our time--of it all, perhaps this simple story of discovery and love is my favorite." Thor, p. 0.