Np: nd [c. 1930's-1960's]. Three portfolios, two of them folding, each bearing mounted and stapled photographic prints with hand-lettered captions and texts, the largest of which is rubberstamped with a "received" mark of the Supreme Court, and into which is stapled a 12 pp. typewritten Legal Brief by the photographer. With eight photographs of varying dimensions, mostly self-portraits, some which are annotated on the verso, an additional eight small (1 x 1 1/2") prints or portraits, perhaps for use on a military id card, a 1946 membership card on the Professional Photographer's Club, a businesscard showing that the photographer worked for De Casseres Photography, three ALS from Law Firms with regards to the case, all dated in 1962, and three childhood drawings on paper.
A remarkable collection of photographs made by a photographer and veteran connected to her 1962 attempt to sue the U.S. Government and World Courts for her claims of injury during her 3 1/2 year interrment in a V.A. psychiatric ward. As detailed in her legal brief, Maxwell believed to believe that she had suffered injuries from radiation due to her electro-shock therapy and medication at the time, but also makes the claim that such radiation was an aspect of capitalism during the Cold War and age of cybernetics. While the text is remarkable enough, Maxwell was also a professional, and very skilled photographer, and the self-portraits she has taken and assembled, along with photographs of herself by others she has selected to tell her story, are remarkable and unlike any self-portraiture we've seen. One fo the most striking images is a self-portrait of the artist with a camera, inw hci the photograph has somehow been altered to visually capture radiation in the air, perhaps using a filter or development technique.
A remarkable and photographic archive documenting Cold War paranoia. Item #26717